‘Energy theft, obsolete infrastructure, others crippling power supply’
Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has identfied energy theft, weak and obsolete infrastructure, vandalism and some customers’ unwillingness to pay as some of its post-privatisation challenges.
These challenges, it said, were affecting its ability to ensure stable power supply to its customers.
Its Executive Director, Commercial Services, Mr. Ernest Mupwaya, who spoke in Abuja yesterday said the management of the power firm has acquired and installed 140 transformers valued at over N200 million to replace faulty and obsolete ones.
According to him, the firm is also in the process of procuring additional 200 distribution transformers with a combined capacity of 80MVA valued at N260 million.
He said the procurement of the facilities is a demonstration of the firm’s commitment to offer improved service delivery to customers in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
He spoke while making a presentation at a Customer Consultative Forum held for electricity consumers in Apo, Lugbe, Kuje and Gwagwalada Districts of the city.
He said the company has, since the conclusion of the privatisation process last year, been able to upgraded a transformer in Lokoja, Kogi State and had added 15MVA to the network of Abuja DISCO.
According to him, the firm has also completed another 15MVA in Suleja, Niger State.
Mupwaya said the company also completed the construction of a total of 49.5 kilometres of high tension (HT) lines between January and March this year to enhance network reconfigurations and reinforcements.
He added that the firm also completed 33KV power evacuation project in Gwagwalada, which added 80 megawatts (Mw) to the network and boosted power supply in Kwali, Yangoji, Abaji, and other communities in the area.
He urged customers to channel their complaints to the call centre that operates 24 hours for prompt action.
According to him, the company will hold similar customer consultative forum in other parts of the FCT, as well as in Kogi, Nasarawa and Niger states.
Chairman, Customers Consultative Committee in Gwagwalada Area Council, Chief Eze Elendu, said there is a significant improvements in power supply in the area. He assured of the readiness of consumers in his community to partner the AEDC to address challenges of vandalism, electricity theft and refusal by some customers to pay for energy consumed.
The Chief of Kaduna Community in Gwagwalada, Chief Sunday Audu, who represented the Emir of Gwagwalada appealed for greater partnership between AEDC and the traditional rulers in its coverage area.
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