Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) Plc is set to join companies such as BEDC in publishing power availability schedule for customers in its franchise areas of Edo and Delta states soon. This comes hot on the heels of the prevailing electricity supply issues in Nigeria.
Its Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Mrs. Funke Osibodu, said the power availability schedule became necessary to enable customers to predict when electricity would be supplied or interrupted and restored and, thus, enable them to plan their activities.
She said: “It has become necessary to undertake programming for customers of BEDC in order to improve our services to them. They, however, should note that load shedding time may sometimes vary due to changes in generation, technical challenges and other unforeseen events beyond our control. This will first be published for Edo and Delta states and after perfecting this, similar publication will be done for Ondo and Ekiti states.”
The nation Nigeria reports that Mrs. Osibodu at a media briefing in Benin, Edo state capital, said the firm was fine-tuning the schedule, with a view to starting its implementation soon.
According to her, the load management schedule was prepared based on the roaster submitted by each of the company’s 24 business units, while codes have been assigned to each 11KV feeder emanating from injection substations that feed specific areas in the four states.
She said in Edo, for instance, the BEDC was creating conducive environment for companies to grow by balancing the power given to both residential, communities and industrial locations, adding that the idea would enable industrial concerns reduce cost of production, drive economic growth and create jobs for the unemployed youths in the area.
This, she said, is in addition to the efforts of the firm to subsidize electricity being supplied to customers in the state.
On Concept Route Marshall, she said the initiative was borne out of the need to enhance customer relations and improve the company’s commercial field operations.
“A route is defined as a collection of customers in certain transformers in some particular route(s) which the assigned officers will be expected to manage and ensure customers on it are properly managed/served.