The Managing Director of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, AEDC, Engr. Ernest Mupwaya has disclosed that the company has spent N6.5 billion improving infrastructures in its coverage area in the last four years. Engr. Mupwaya, who disclosed this at a workshop organized for energy correspondents in Abuja, added that the distribution company has also reduced its Aggregate Technical Commercial and Collection, ATC&C, losses to 48 percent while ranking first on energy payments to the Generation Companies, GENCOs, for over one year.
The breakdown of the N6.5bn spent according to Engr. Mupwaya, include N900 million for the replacement of over 374 faulty transformers, procurement of 145 vehicles to ease logistic issues and bush clearing of over 11,400-kilometre power lines to check avoidable power outages in its franchise area.
He said the Abuja DISCO’s network at present, spanning the states of Kogi, Abuja, Nasarawa, and Niger have been upgraded to 870 megawatts (MW) capacity which the management said is higher than the 650mw highest electricity is has ever received from the national grid.
Mupwaya noted further that although its electricity customers may not see any impact yet until when the second cycle of maintenance is reached, there is bound to be visible and stable electricity supply across places. Determined to ease liquidity constraint in the power sector, he explained the DISCO has invested hugely in enhancing its revenue collection system with the new U-Vision worth $345,556 which will help customers to trace the history of their payments.
He said a newer platform worth N400m will begin operation this week and is expected to enhance the monitoring of its field staff to check their energy bill delivery to customers, debtors’ disconnection and other services.
It will raise our revenue collection and will help to improve power supply to our customers because we will have more funds to buy transformers, install meters and enhance our services