Jos Disco meters over 200,000 households
Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JEDC) Plc said it has metered over 200,000 electricity consumers in its coverage areas of Plateau, Benue, Gombe, and Bauchi.
Chairman of the distribution company, Babangida Inuwa, disclosed this recently at the official presentation of the firm’s new management team to staff and stakeholders in Abuja.
JEDC has also approved the appointment of Hashim Ibrahim Bakori, as the new Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Company.
Bakori replaces Mohammed Modibo, who had served in the role for five years.
Inuwa said the company is also expecting a number of equipment, including new meters that would be installed shortly to consumers in its franchise areas.
He noted that the outgoing Board had done a lot in the area of metering even though they had faced some challenges, adding that a major hiccup to be solved by the new team included network optimization, and to improve efficiency in revenue collection.
“We will redouble our efforts in that aspect because we know metering is the key and lack of good meters will short-change a lot of customers and we don’t intend to do that. We intend to continue from where the former Board stopped and ensure that every customer is billed appropriately.”
He hailed the Federal Government’s power agreement with the German company, Siemens AG, to upgrade the industry, adding that every government’s effort in revamping the sector would be supported.
On his part, the newly-appointed Bakori said the firm would focus on providing quality service to its customers by giving them fair billing and metering their premises.
He observed that JEDC had identified metering as a major success pillar for the reduction of ATC&C losses, hence its determination to pursue it vigorously by putting in place all necessary infrastructures.
“JEDC has a lot of potential, but with the cooperation and understanding of the Board members, we will take it to where it is supposed to be in the power sector.
“The industry is in a very precarious situation at the moment. We are changing from a cost reflective to a service quality tariff model. This is not about quantity or price of the commodity alone but translation of the commodity to a service that maintains quantity and quality of the product attributes. As such, all hands must be on deck to achieve our vision.”
Also speaking, Modibbo said his team performed well in terms of revenue generation and promoting staff welfare.
According to him, the power distribution sub-sector has been a very difficult terrain in the entire value chain, adding that more efforts were needed to change the tide.
“We are the first DisCo to divest our holdings completely since the privatization and this is done with the approval of the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), and believe that this should be a record setting moment for the industry when we see the benefit that these new investors will bring to the table.
“We have done our best and the management will bear witness to some of the challenges we faced and some of the successes we made,” he stated.
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