By Kingsley Okoye
The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) says it has expended 1.8 million dollars to install modern electricity meters for 4,000 electricity consumers in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Kogi, Nasarawa and Niger states.
The Managing Director of the company, Mr Ernest Mupwaya, said this at the commissioning of a Large Power Users’ (LPU) meter in Abuja on Friday.
Mupwaya said the commissioning of the LPU meter was one of the many achievements recorded by AEDC in its three-year existence.
According to him, the company has recorded huge improvements in its network and Information Technology (IT) infrastructure.
Other areas of achievement included an improvement in the billing and vending systems, and a 24/7 call centre that enhances speedy customer complaints resolution for improved customer service delivery.
The managing director said that the company was already working to accelerate the metering of small power users, adding that it had placed an order for 30,000 meters.
He said that the process of signing for another 50,000 of such meters had begun.
He appealed to AEDC’s customers to desist from tampering with their meters or engaging in any fraudulent activities, while assuring them of improved service delivery.
The Acting Director General of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), Dr Vincent Akpotaire, commended the company for the numerous projects it had executed to improve electricity supply to its customers.
Akpotaire said that achievements by AEDC had justified the Federal Government’s decision to privatise the power sector.
He said that the issue of metering of customers was a significant aspect of the Privatisation Agenda.
“Metering creates integrity for the billing, it also enhances energy accountability as much as totally reduces if not completely eliminates the vexatious issue of estimated billing.
“It also eradicates the potential for fraud through connivance between readers and customers,” he said.
Akpotaire said he was delighted that the commencement of metering of the small power users had reached advanced stage.
He expressed hope that the privatisation of the power sector would be successful despite the challenges, adding that all stakeholders must be committed to ensuring the success of the power sector.