The Eko Electricity Distribution Company has promised to address the issue of old and overloaded distribution infrastructure affecting electricity supply in the Islands District of Lagos State, with a commitment to continue to sustain recent improvement of power supply and turnaround time to clearing faults in all the areas under the district.
EKEDC General Manager, Corporate Communications, Godwin Idemudia, made this known in a statement obtained by EnergyDay at the end of its strategic customer’s engagement town hall meeting in Islands District held on Thursday, held at the Virgin Rose Resorts in Victoria Island.
According to a statement by the EKEDC General Manager, Corporate Communications, Godwin Idemudia, the Island District is strategic to EKEDC’s entire business model, hence the importance of the engagement forum to help the Management to identify areas of improving power supply to the customers.
While commending EKEDC for the recent improvement of power supply and turnaround time to clearing faults, the customers at the meeting raised the issue of old and overloaded distribution infrastructure affecting supply in their communities.
Residents of Lagos Island who attended the meeting complained about the faults as a result of weak underground cables and overloaded transformers and thus requested solutions from the DisCo.
Dr. Tinuade Sanda, MD/CEO of EKEDC, who was represented by Mrs. Rekhiat Momoh, Chief Commercial Officer, in her reaction to the customers’ queries, appreciated the customers’ feedback and explained that the presence of weak and old cables in the network was due to construction of buildings on such cables, which has made it difficult to carry out repairs.
She however stated that EKEDC is devising alternative means to mitigate this challenge.
Concerning the issue of the overloaded transformers, she assured the customers that the company, as part of its continuous improvement projects, is working on providing relief distribution transformers to many areas under the Islands District.
The Divisional Crime Officer of Ikoyi Police Divisional Headquarters, Mr. Ishola Olaitan, explained to customers at the forum that the spate of vandalism in Ikoyi and Lagos Island also contributes to the damage of cables.
He called on the customers to aid the Police Force and EKEDC in curbing the crime by reporting to the Police or EKEDC via its whistleblower platforms.