The Jos Electricity Distribution (JED) Company has raised an alarm over constant attack of its staff by some electricity consumers and vandalisation of its properties. JED threatened that the company will, moving forward, disconnect any community where its men are assaulted.
In recent time some residents of Jos have been rejecting the installation of new meters in their premises alleging that the meters are not properly calibrated and therefore run too fast thus attracting high billing. In some place staff of JED were physical assaulted and chased away.
According to the Managing Director, Jos Electricity Distribution 9, Alhaji Mohammed Modibo said the staff of the company who were sent to federal low-cost area of Jos on Monday to install the new meters were attacked. He expressed shock in the fact that the people were resisting the meters that have been tested and certified by the regulating body.
In some places, the staff were not just assaulted. Equipments of the establishment were deliberately vandalized adding that the act of vandalism is hindering the efforts of the company towards providing efficient service to customers.
“To overcome the problems of power supply in Nigeria all hand must be on deck. We have been accused of extorting customers, to guide against this, we came up with prepaid meters that have been well calibrated and tested by authority, yet people are resisting the meters. There are several cases of assaults and vandalisation of our equipment.
“We have severally dialogue with these communities, yet they refused to change. In Federal Low cost yesterday our staff who were out to install the new meters were harassed, assaulted and chased out of the community” he said.
Alhaji Modibo who said the company has the backing of government and security agencies to carry out its work, cautioned that JED would disconnect electricity supply to any community which rejected the installation of the new meters. He added that any act of sabotage in any form will no longer be tolerated.