The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has revealed plans to commence the installation of 65,000 meters in Niger and Kogi States in line with its commitment to metering all of its customers across its operational area.
In a statement issued in Abuja by the Head of Communication of AEDC, Ahmed Shekarau, said the installation of 5,000 meters for its customers in Lokoja, the Kogi State capital is scheduled to commence before the end of this month.
It also added that preparations are at an advanced stage for the flag off of connection of 60,000 meters for customers in various parts of Niger State, by the end of January 2017.
While explaining the cause of load shedding currently being experienced in its area of operation, it said this was due to the drop in load allocated to it by the system operator.
It explained that the quantum of energy allocated to it from the national grid fell far short of what it had been receiving some months ago.
The company reiterated its commitment to metering all its customers in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Kogi, Nasarawa and Niger states.
According to the company, it was optimistic that providing such meters will address most misunderstandings associated with billing issues and reinforce customers’ confidence in its services.
While urging its customers in its franchise states to discountenance insinuations that it was deliberately starving them of electricity, the company’s management stressed that when there is limited power available to it, load shedding to its customers in the FCT and the three states becomes inevitable.
Therefore, it appealed for the understanding of its customers over the recent developments, assuring that it had never failed to distribute the load allocated to it by the system operator since the current management took over the company.