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Electricity consumers worry over power supply at yuletide




As the yuletide season approaches, electricity consumers across the country have appealed to the power firms for regular supply that would spur the merriment spirit of Nigerians.

Some of the consumers who spoke to The Guradian recently expressed optimism that the companies would scale up their performance during the period, even as others worry over faulty infrastructure and lack of modern metering facilities that might mar the yuletide.

Meanwhile, the Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) has assured its customers that everything is being done to ensure regular power supply in all areas within its operational territory during the yuletide period.

A consumer in Toyin Davies street, Ejigbo area in Lagos, Mrs Toyin Kolawole, lamented the poor electricity supply in the area, which she said has negatively affected businesses in the area. She however appealed to the EKEDC for regular supply during the yuletide.

A member of Ijagba Community Development Association in Ota area of Ogun State, Ajayi Ajibade also tasked the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) on regular supply, while requesting for swift installation of prepaid meters to the network.

The Head Corporate Communication of EKEDC, Godwin Idemudia, said the company was not unaware of expectations of customers to enjoy regular power supply during the yuletide and as such a lot of measures were being put in place to ensure that customers’ hopes were not dashed.

According to the EKEDC spokesman, the company had commenced replaced of faulty cables and equipment to ensure easy evacuation of power as received from the national grid.
He further said in addition to replacement and repairs of faulty equipment, special fault clearing teams have been set up in all the Business Districts of the company to facilitate quick response to customers’ complaints and technical faults.

Idemudia however pleaded that while the company was making every effort to satisfy its customers, customers should show understanding if their expectations could not be met as a result of drop in the national generation level and subsequent bulk energy load allocation to the company adding that such situations were usually beyond the company’s control.

“As we are putting all our facilities in top shape to satisfy our customers, our customers should please understand and bear with us if there is a drop in the national generation level as this will affect our bulk energy load allocation. Situations like that are usually beyond us and there is nothing we can do about it”. Idemudia said.

Speaking further, the EKEDC spokesman said it was also the expectation of the company that customers on their own part would include settlement of electricity bills in the yuletide budget so as to avoid being disconnected during the period.
He also advised customers not to resort to using those he referred to as quacks to clear faults in their areas.

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