July 13, 2024

Port Harcourt Electricity Disco pledges to End Energy Theft

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Ilenre Irele

Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED) has disclosed its determination to end the incidence of energy theft within its area of coverage, namely, Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River, and Rivers states.

Recall that in recent times, Port Harcourt Disco had been bedeviled with the challenge of energy theft by electricity consumers through meter tampering, bypassing through diversion of load, and connecting directly to power lines without paying for such usage.

The Managing Director of PHED, Mrs Ochuko Amah, said a new tactics would be adopted to clampdown on electricity theft.

Amah, who disclosed the recent achievements recorded by the Disco, said with continuous engagement with customers and other stakeholders, the menace will be tackled.

The chief executive officer also revealed that the company in tackling energy theft planned to deploy smart meters to various places, and relocate some of the meters to frustrate the gains of the perpetrators.

“My customers are my major stakeholders, and we will make sure that every customer feels excellent, ensure that at the end of the day we will be able to give 24/7 to all our customers.

“We are going to deploy smart meters to various places, relocate some of our meters and continue to engage our customers and campaign against energy theft, believing that in a short time there will be nothing like energy theft,” she added.

Meanwhile, the PHED management has also recognised and awarded outstanding staff for their efforts and diligence in ensuring a steady operation of the Disco in the four statesSpeaking on the successes recorded by the staff of the company, Amah said: “Basically, we are trying to acknowledge and celebrate a region that is outstanding and let other regions know that it is not about work all the way, when you work hard and show to the company that you have integrity it will earn a special recognition.

“They have shown they can do beyond. They started with 57 per cent collection efficiency, but as at today, they are doing over 90 per cent. I think it is worth the while to recognise regions like this and to encourage other regions that when you work hard, the company will always recognise you”.

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