Ever since we could say UP NEPA! We also learned the craft of blame throwing. Whenever we had no power or too much power we just knew Nepa was up to no good. NEPA and PHCN are no more, what we have serving the country’s power need are the 11 DISCO’s and then the GENCO’s. Each of these sects have set in place several policies that to aid the, boost their performances to their customers. The success of these policies are yet to be fully analyzed but we cannot fail to recognize and even praise its ingenuity.
The Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company recently set apart a unit focusing on energy efficiency. The first project they embarked on was sensitizing different communities and schools on the need of conserving and using energy efficiency. This, in the long run, reduces the cost of power and motivates consumers to pay their bills.
Taking this a step further, the energy efficiency unit of PHED acquired about 1000 units of 5Watts LED to a community in Bayelsa State. Gbaran-Ama community in Kolokuma/Opokum LGA were engaged in a build exchange program where they gave away their incandescent bulbs for the new LED bulbs.
A visit to the Community saw everyone from the King to the smallest household participating in the program. The launch of the program had the CEO of 4 consortium Engr Mattew Edevbie represented by Mr. Mobolaji Ajani, other staff of PHED and the Commissioner of Power Partner E. Jim-Ogbolo in attendance.
The king of the community was quick to welcome to project as it was one that would encourage bill remittance by the community members but complained about the irregularity of power supply and pleaded for this to be looked into.
After the exchange program, the bulbs were handed over to the Bayelsa ministry of Environment for proper disposal. While this is a laudable project, there are questions about its sustainability and continuity. PHED and the Energy Efficiency department says this project would be replicated in the other states it serves.