|Mr Oladele Amoda
The Management of Eko Electricity Distribution Company Plc (EKEDC) said that over 138 transformers worth N700 million had been procured for replacement of faulty ones to boost power supply during the festive period.
The Managing Director of the company, Mr Oladele Amoda stated this during an inspection of newly acquired equipment at their Ijora main store in Lagos on Wednesday.
Amoda said that the company’s directors source for the fund to acquire equipment that would improve the power supply within its coverage area to teeming customers during the yuletide season.
According to him, the company is always thinking of how to satisfy its customers.
In his words: ”The purchase of the new transformers is to ensure that our customers enjoy the yuletide season with quality supply. We have embarked on massive replacement of faulty transformers within the network, we expected customers to reciprocate this gesture by paying their bills.
“We also expect communities who will benefit from the transformers not to see them as public property but as their own so that they can help us safeguard the transformers against vandalism by unscrupulous elements,’ Amoda said.
Amoda further said that the company had lost over N1 billion to various forms of energy theft and equipment vandalism in the last three years.
He said that the issue of meter by-pass by customers who wants to avoid payment was rampant within the network.
According to him, the company cannot continue to invest huge sums of money into network improvement and some people will be allowed to vandalise such equipment.
The EKEDC boss warned customers who are in the habit of a by-passing meter or involved in any act of energy thefts to desist, adding that the company will not hesitate to prosecute and publish names of culprits in the dailies.
He advised customers with the wrong connection leading to energy theft to report to the company before they are discovered and penalised.
He said the company had invested over N13 billion on meters, adding that the company has also commenced installation of over 200,000 free pre-paid meters to customers within its network.
According to him, ”we have just signed a partnership agreement with a global brand, Huawei of China and Mojec International meter manufacturer and this, we believe, will impact our service.
“We have commenced a bill reconciliation and verification exercise tagged “Eko Customer Account Reconciliation Exercise’’ this is a way of repackaging energy audit to give it a caring face.”
Amoda urged customers who had paid for meter under the Credited Advance Payment for Metering Implementation (CAPMI) scheme and yet to be metered to bring their documents for immediate meter installation.
He said that gas had been a serious challenge to generating companies, adding that the EKEDC only received 200 megawatts from the national grid instead of 1,300 megawatts due to gas constraints.
He assured customers that issues associated with gas constraint would be addressed shortly, adding that government has tackled some of the challenges confronting the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).