Eko Electricity Distribution Company Plc (EKEDC), on Tuesday, said the ongoing Meter Assets Provider Programme (MAP) would put an end to metering challenges faced by customers in the country. The Chief Executive Officer, Mr Adeoye Fadeyibi, made the disclosure at the company’s town hall meeting with customers of Orile District in Lagos. Fadeyibi, represented by the company’s Chief Finance Officer, Mr Joseph Ezenwa, said the essence of the meeting was to deliberate with customers on effective service delivery. He said that the MAP programme, expected to commence officially in the country next week, was introduced to ensure electricity customers only paid for what they actually consumed.
Fadeyibi said that the programme provided for the supply, installation and maintenance of end-user meters by meter providers approved by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC). According to him, customers responses at the meeting were encouraging, as they spoke with one voice. He said: If we give them electricity and the bills come along, they will be willing to pay the bills. Now, we are both committed and this is fantastic. We, in EKEDC, will ensure stable supply once energy from the gird improves.
So, by the time we come to another town hall meeting, you will tell us that the supply has improved, and we would have fulfilled our promise. Fadeyibi also informed the customers that discos could only distribute supply allocated to them from generating companies while urging them to continually expose energy thieves around them. This, he noted, would lead to a reduction in what they called crazy bill.
Fashola inaugurates transmission substation in Lagos riverine community – Pulse
Mr Raji Fashola, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, on Thursday, inaugurated a 130MVA/132/33kv built by Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) in Ilashe riverine community in Oriade Local Council Development area of Lagos State. Fashola said that the island is historic and a gift to Lagos, adding that it is a landline between the Atlantic and the Lagoon. It is unfortunate that with this gift that this island possesses, it lacks electricity, but with the commissioning of this project, electricity has come to the Island of Ilashe.
By connecting the Island to the National Grid (NG), Buhari is sending messages to all riverine communities that no place will be left unconnected. This project will also deliver about 24 Megawatts to riverine communities like Ibese, Ikare, Igbologun and Ilado Odo. This project will also attract other huge investments into the community and open it up to accelerated growth, he said.
Fashola urged the management of Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) to fast track the distribution of power supply to all and sundry in the community in order to enjoy the facility. He urged EKEDC to work with the licensed 108-meter distributors to ensure that prepaid meters were installed for them. Fashola said that over N150 million was spent to instal the substation, adding that the project would contribute to the ease of doing business in the riverine area.