Abuja Electricity Distribution Company Owed N1.2bn
by Leadership Newspaper
Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), under its Lafia business unit, is owed over N1.2 billion by its customers.
The manager of Lafia business unit, AEDC, Jonah Maha, disclosed this on Wednesday at the first quarter 2014 customers’ consultative council meeting held in Lafia.
He said the huge debt profile was making it difficult for the company to effectively cope with the demand of meeting the power supply need of the state, stating further that the company had within the last nine months, injected 20 transformers to boost the supply in the area as well as the mapping and rehabilitation of 11 KV and 33 KV feeders.
Maha noted that the power supply situation in the state has improved tremendously in recent months, adding that the company had taken measures to sustain the tempo.
He also said the company has improved on its billing system to effectively tackle some of the complaints from customers,noting that too many cases of vandalism and illegal connections posed serious challenge to the company resulting in blackouts often experienced by customers.
He charged customers to always challenge staff of the company for proper identification whenever they were seen around electric installations in order to guard against vandalism even as he attributed the epileptic power situation in Lafia and environs to acute shortage from the main source as well as obsolete distribution line from Akwanaga to Lafia.
According to the business manager, the power distribution line from Akwanga to Lafia, which was constructed 35 years ago, had been over-stretched, adding that the shortage of power supply in Lafia would only be resolved when the on-going 330 KVA substation at Akurba village in Lafia was completed.
On the issue of arbitrary billing raised by customers at the forum,Maha said the company had concluded arrangement to provide prepaid meter to customers in the area and appealed to members of the public to desist from harassing staff of the company when carrying out their official duties.
He also charged customers to pay their electricity bills promptly for the company to serve them effectively.