P/Har­court Disco wants law against van­dals

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS / NEWS - By Zakariyya Adaramola & Si­mon Echewon

The Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of 4Power Con­sor­tium Limited, the core in­vestor in Port Har­court Elec­tric­ity Dis­tri­bu­tion Com­pany (PHEDC), Mr. Matthew Ede­v­bie, has ap­pealed to the Na­tional As­sem­bly to en­act a strong anti-theft leg­is­la­tion to em­power Power Hold­ing Com­pany of Nigeria (PHCN) suc­ces­sor com­pa­nies to pros­e­cute elec­tric­ity van­dals and cus­tomers who at­tack util­ity per­son­nel while dis­charg­ing their du­ties.

He made the ap­peal when he re­ceived mem­bers of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives Com­mit­tee on Com­mer­cial­i­sa­tion and Pri­vati­sa­tion who were in Port Har­court in con­tin­u­a­tion of their na­tion­wide over­sight visit to var­i­ous suc­ces­sor com­pa­nies to the de­funct PHCN.

Ede­v­bie re­vealed that the PHEDC, among other crit­i­cal achieve­ments since tak­ing over the DISCO in Novem­ber 2013, has un­der­taken the con­struc­tion of new 33KV lines at Trans Amadi In­dus­trial area, re-conduction of Okrika 11KV feeder for Jokrama Com­mu­ni­ties in Ahaoda, com­mis­sioned the NIPP 1 x 15MVA 33/11KV In­jec­tion Sub­sta­tion at Ikot Abasi; RVSG con­structed 1x15MVA 33/11KV In­jec­tion Sub­sta­tion at Eleme; RVSG con­structed 1x15MVA 33/11KV In­jec­tion Sub­sta­tion at Eliozu-Eneka; 4 units of 1 x 15MVA and 15MVA In­jec­tion Sub­sta­tion in Trans Amadi; 22 units of Dis­tri­bu­tion Sub­sta­tions, and gen­eral main­te­nance of the net­work.

He, how­ever, lamented that the con­di­tion of the net­work his com­pany in­her­ited was worse than en­vis­aged, list­ing higher aver­age tech­ni­cal, commercial and collection (ATC&C) Loss than the Multi Year Tar­iff Or­der (MYTO) as­sump­tion and van­dal­ism among the chal­lenges ex­pe­ri­enced by PHEDC.

From left: Chief of De­fence Staff (CDS) Air Chief Mar­shal Alex Badeh, Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor of Toy­ota (Nigeria) Limited Mr. Kunle Ade-Ojo, Di­rec­tor of Pro­cure­ment Ma­jor Gen­eral Tukur Bu­ratai and Prin­ci­pal Gen­eral Staff Of­fi­cer to CDS Air Com­modore James Gwani dur­ing a re­cent cour­tesy visit by Ade-Ojo to the CDS in Abuja.

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