…targets metering of 400, 000 customers
…asks consumers to protect facilities against vandals
The Jos Electricity Distribution Plc has concluded arrangements to “install statistical meters on all distribution transformers”, its Managing Director/CEO, Alhaji Mohammad Gidado Modibbo, has said.
According to him, if put in place, the measure would end suspicion about electricity bill on customers.
He also called on electricity consumers to guide and protect JEDCO facilities from vandals.
Modibbo, represented by the Head (Network planning and Expansion), Mansir Nakande, threw the challenge in Bauchi during the customers consultative forum organized by JEDCO management to sensitize their customers on the operational modalities of the company.
He said, “With the installation of the statistical meters on transformers, customers who were hitherto disputing their energy bills would be convinced about the accuracy of the billed energy consumed.”
While expressing optimism about the possibility of metering all Jos DISCO customers numbering over 400, 000, Modibbo said there were adequate meters at the disposal of the company for onward free distribution to customers.
He decried incessant destruction and vandalization of JEDCO facilities and called on communities to protect the company’s assets in their various localities.
“You are the the direct users of these facilities. If you don’t protect it and they suffer vandalism or get destroyed, we all will be directly affected by it”, he stated.
Modibbo said that the company had put in place machinery aimed at instituting corporate social responsibility projects that would be mutually beneficial to the various communities and the company.
He stated that the company was currently considering the possibility of adopting community partnership approach, adding that when the strategy becomes operationalized, communities within its jurisdiction would profit immensely in terms of employment as well as infrastructural development.
He however lamented that despite the laudable programmes put in place by the company, Jos DISCO was still walloping in abysmal customers response.
The JEDCO CEO therefore urged customers to reciprocate these gestures by promptly paying for energy consumed by them.
“A customer’s refusal to pay for energy consumed by them will not only affect Jos DISCO but the entire value chain of the Nigerian electricity supply industry”, he said.