President Jonathan Commisssions Ayobo-Lagos New Transmission Substation
President Goodluck Jonathan, who has recently been on auto-pilot with inauguration of several critical projects, has declared that his administration has done more than any other administration in revitalising the power industry in Nigeria. The President made the declaration while officially commissioning the newly constructed Ayobo 2 x 60MVA, 132/33KV transmission substation in Ikeja West mega substation in Ipaja, Lagos State last week Friday.
The Minister of Power, Prof Chinedu Nebo who spoke on behalf of the President, said that with the successful completion and commissioning of the Ayobo power project, Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has raised its wheeling capacity by 120MW and would impact positively on the lives and well-being of the people in Ayobo and Ipaja areas of Lagos State with better supply of more stable and reliable electricity.
President Jonathan congratulated Laga Ce Power Limited, the wholly indigenous company that constructed the transmission substation. He commended them for a job well done, adding that “with what I have seen here today, our local contractors and engineering companies have come of age”.
Earlier in his speech, the Managing Director/CEO of Transmission Company of Nigeria (TSP), Engr (Dr) Abubakar Atiku, commended the Federal Government and the Ministry of Power for their support in executing this modern multipurpose power project, adding that the administration’s support for power projects in the country was a great testimony to the importance the administration attached to provision of adequate and reliable power supply for the great people of this great country.
Engr Abubakar Atiku, whose address was read by the TCN Director (TSP), Engr Tom Uwah, also stated that several other transmission power projects were on-going and when completed would further increase TCN’s capacity to wheel more power to distribution companies nationwide.
In her welcome address, the Managing Director, Laga Ce Company, Deaconess Rhoda Afolabi expressed gratitude for the award of the contract to her firm of indigenous construction company and the federal government for believing in indigenous contractors and giving them the opportunity to proof that they too can perform critical projects that can impact positively on Nigeria’s development. She declared that all the staff of her company that constructed the substation are Nigerians. She therefore appealed for more mega contracts for indigenous construction firms as a means of developing local content and capacity.
Other dignitaries that graced the commissioning included Engr John Afolabi, Director, Transmission, Ministry of Power representing Dr Godknows Igali, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Power; TCN management officials were Engr Tom Uwa, Director(TSP) and Engr Leke Oyeleke, General Manager, (Transmission) Lagos Region.
The new Ayobo Transmission substation has installed 2 x 60MVA, 132/33kV transformers,132kV double circuit transmission lines from Ikeja-West to Okogunyan and 2x132Kv fully equipped line bays extension, 132Kv busbars and earthing reactor bays as well as 2x 300kV,34.5/0.415Kv substation service transformers and all instruments necessary for the measuring, control and protection of the entire installation. The project includes a modern switch yard and fully computerised control room and staff quarters. The project was awarded in September 2009 and completed in May 2014.