P/Harcourt Disco wants law against vandals
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.
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