In the three northern regions of Cameroon, the beginning of the fasting month of Ramadan coincided with an improvement in the distribution of electric power. Indeed, after several weeks of rationing at a rate of 3 days a week, by locality and by district, from 6 am to 10 pm, the electricity company, Eneo, announced in a statement published on June 1, reduction of load shedding in the North.
“The contribution of rains in recent weeks now makes it possible to ease the conditions for the rationing of electrical energy. Thus, to allow households and industrialists to better organize their personal and professional activities, Eneo has implemented a new rationing plan as of 1 June 2017, reducing the maximum number of ration days per week by 3 to 1. Each locality/neighborhood will experience 1 day of interruption of electrical energy and this in the time slots from 7 am to 5 pm, in order to take account of the hours of breaking Ramadan fast, “the statement said.
This improvement in the availability of electrical energy in the Northern, Far North and Adamawa regions follows the visit of the Minister of Water and Energy, Basile Atangana Kouna, to the Hydroelectric power plant in Lagdo on 29 May. This descent on the ground was itself due to the difficulties of supplying the northern regions with electrical energy in recent weeks, due to the combined effect of aging, silting of the Lagdo dam and low rainfall.
In Garoua, Basil Atangana Kouna revealed that the government is actively seeking an envelope of 100 billion CFA francs needed for the rehabilitation of the Lagdo dam, the energy infrastructure from which the regions of the North are supplied with electricity and whose production capacity of 72 MW no longer satisfy the ever-increasing demand. To address this shortcoming, the government is attempting to accelerate the construction of the Bini dam at Warak in Adamawa, which will bring an additional 75 MW to the North Interconnected Network.