The Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHEDC) has said that it will begin the first phase of installation of 12,000 prepaid meters in Yenagoa by April, 2018.
This was disclosed by the Head of Consumer Services, (PHEDC), Mr Godwin Oroewiro when he led other management staff of the company in a meeting with a coalition of civil society and youths’ groups in Yenagoa on Wednesday.
Oroewiro said that the installation of the prepaid meters will last for four months, explaining that the new meters and bulk billing system will eliminate the problems associated with estimated billing in the state. He apologized to the people of the state over the epileptic power supply being experienced in the state.
The Head of Consumer Services assured that the company was doing everything possible including the optimisation of its facilities and upgrading of its distribution network to restore stable power supply in Bayelsa.
Earlier, the leader of the coalition and chairman of CLO in the state, Chief Nengi James, had intimated the management of PHEDC over the epileptic power supply in the state. He urged the company to improve power supply to avoid further confrontation from the people, assuring the management that the people were willing to pay for power consumed.
This was in relation to the fact that residents of Bayelsa had on Tuesday took to the streets of the state capital to stage a peaceful protest to the operational office of the PHEDC to protest two months power outage.