In furtherance of its commitment to the judicious utilisation of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) capital expenditure (Capex) intervention funds for upgrade of infrastructure in its network, Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) has assured customers under the Ajah and Ibeju Business Districts of its plan to procure and rehabilitate distribution lines,and transformers to boost power supply in the areas.
Dr. Tinuade Sanda, MD/CEO of Eko Disco, represented by Mr. Joseph Esenwa, Chief Finance Officer, made this known at EKEDC engagement forum for customers under Ajah and Ibeju Districts on Thursday.
EnergyDay gathered that the meeting was put together by the company as part of the Disco’s continuous engagement with customers and other stakeholders under its distribution network in Lagos and Ogun States.
Acknowledging the inadequate power supply challenges affecting the customers under the Community Development Associations (CDAs) in Ajah and Ibeju, the EKEDC MD/CEO assured the customers that the management of the company is aware of the issues affecting power supply in the areas and has thus organised the platform to address the situation.
The EKEDC Chief Finance Officer informed the customers about the ongoing efforts to resolve the supply challenges noting that interventions such the CBN loans for Capex projects to TCN and Discos are being used to ensure procurement and rehabilitation of many electricity infrastructures to improve power supply in Nigeria.
Mr. Esenwa also advised the customers to key into the Meter Asset Provider (MAP) scheme to get prepaid meters. He also announced the commencement of mobile metering within the company’s network and assured customers that the exercise will get to their areas in due time.
The CFO called for the continued support from the customers, especially in the area of curbing energy theft which contributes to high billings the customers are experiencing.
He further urged them to duly inform their respective communities about this and engage their local security networks to stop the perpetrators who mostly carry out this heinous act at night.
Esenwa revealed that EKEDC is ready to listen to customers’ challenges and resolve them . He also appealed to the customers for understanding on some of the issues, according to him, while some of the complaints raised are peculiar to EKEDC, many were due to general issues affecting electricity supply in the whole nation.
He also noted that, in recent times, EKEDC does not get its due allocation of supply from the national grid as a result of low generation of power, and manages the insufficient one it gets from the grid.
While commending EKEDC for the engagement forum, some of the customers and the representatives of various Community Development Associations (CDAs) in Ajah and Ibeju tendered challenges affecting electricity supply in their respective communities.
The issues raised by the customers were focused on inadequate power supply, while others were about metering, estimated billing, and safety issues within the company’s network.