Eko blames generator for outage during Jonathan's speech at church service

By The Citizen
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The management of Eko Electricity Distribution Company has blamed generator as the cause of power outage at Our Saviour's Anglican Church, Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS), in Lagos where President Goodluck Jonathan was delivering his speech when power went off on Easter Sunday.

Eko Electricity Distribution Company explained that the church chose to use its generator, which eventually broke down. The electricity distribution firm said that it was when the church couldn't find an immediate solution that it contacted the utility firm for intervention.

It said: 'About 11.50am on Sunday, 31st March, 2013, during the Easter Sunday service at Our Saviour's Anglican Church, (TBS) Lagos, there was electricity supply interruption to the church. About 12 minutes later (i.e. 12.02pm) supply was restored back to the church.

'Investigation conducted by Eko Distribution Company officials after the incident, revealed that the church was taking electricity supply from their private generating set when the power interruption occurred. The church's electrical maintenance crew led by Abiola, swung into action immediately, and after an unsuccessful attempt to restore supply from the generating set, decided to bring in the public (PHCN) power supply (which had been available to them for use) through their changeover arrangement at about 12.02pm.

'Tafawa Balewa Square (TBS) area, including Our Saviour's Anglican Church receives electricity supply from Macarthy 11kV feeder (ex-Berkley 3x15MVA, 33/11kV Injection substation located by Moloney Street, Lagos.' It added: 'Our events log records indicate that all through Sunday, 31st March, 2013 (from 1.00am up till today, Monday, (yesterday) 1st April, 2013, Macarthy 11kV feeder has been healthy, and in service, delivering electricity supply to customers in TBS area'.