Members of the committee on power, House of Representatives paid a visit to the headquarters of the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) at Ibadan to carry out its oversight function following a quarterly report submitted by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission.
The Managing Director, Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company Mr. John Donnachie, on receiving the delegates highlighted that the major challenges facing the company are the high rate of illegal connection by its customers, vandalism and liquidity issues. He also pointed to the fact that the DisCos would require huge funding in fixing major requests of its customers and also reiterated the commitment of IBEDC on better service delivery. He said;
“We would need N100bn to fix metering problem in the IBEDC. We will also need thousands of transformers today if we want to fix all requests on transformer problems.”
The lawmakers visited the company’s Information Technology Department and Customers Care Centre to ascertain the modalities put in place for service delivery and also interacted with the IBEDC’s customers at a meeting and listened to their complaints across the coverage areas of the power firm. The committee also interacted with the Asset and Customer Enumeration team, and commended the IBEDC for taking the step to commence enumeration of customers and assets.
The Chairman, Committee on Power, House of Representatives, Mr. Daniel Asuquo who led the delegation said;
“Nigerians are eager and hungry to have stable electricity because power is a critical index to development. So, we’re here to do our oversight function on the request of NERC, according to their quarterly report submitted to the House on the overall activities of the commission.”
“Today, we got commitment from the management of the IBEDC and with our interaction, the service provider has assured us on their readiness to resolve some of the issues raised here today, especially the ones that have been there for a very long time. We are fulfilled that members of the House Committee on Power have come down here to solve some of the problems. We have created a better relationship between the service provider and the customers and have also done what is expected of us as representatives of the people.”