The management of Ikeja Electric on Friday attributed the current rate of power interruption across its network to low power allocation from the National Grid.
The company made the explanation in a statement signed by Pekun Adeyanju, IE Assistant General Manager of Public Affairs, and issued in Lagos.
It quoted Abiodun Ajifowobaje, the Chief Executive Officer of IE, as saying that the average power allocation to the company was 350 mega watts as against minimum load demand of 1,250 MW.
Ajifowobaje, according to the statement, explained that the huge shortfall had affected the operations of the company, as they had resorted to load-shedding.
The statement quoted the IE Chief Executive Officer as reassuring electricity consumers in its jurisdiction that the company would, however, ensure that the power allocation will be equitably distributed.
The company, in the statement, also appealed for consumers’ understanding and promised that efforts had been stepped up to ensure repair of electrical faults.
It also decried the activities of consumers who connect electricity illegally into their premises without paying electricity bills.
Ajifowobaje said that the activities of the vandals had impacted negatively on consumers’ billing system.
The statement said: “The energy allocated to an area is measured and people may be paying for the power being consumed by the energy thieves.
“We have put a process in place to migrate individuals involved in this practice into our network.
“However, we seek the cooperation of community leaders and consumers in our efforts to eradicate energy theft and ensure quality service delivery for all customers within the IE network.”