Abuja Disco to ex­pand vend­ing cen­tres to 500

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Si­mon Echewo­fun Sun­day

The Abuja Elec­tric­ity Dis­tri­bu­tion Com­pany (AEDC) said it has ob­tained ap­proval to ex­pand its vend­ing cen­tres to 500 from the 50 cur­rent cen­tres it is op­er­at­ing.

The Dis­tri­bu­tion com­pany (Disco) said the Nige­rian Elec­tric­ity Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion (NERC) gave the ap­proval for it to ex­pand its cen­tres re­cently.

Abuja Disco is licenced to mar­ket and dis­trib­ute elec­tric­ity in the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT), Kogi, Nasarawa and Niger states with 50 vend­ing points. With the ap­proval, the Disco said it can now take the elec­tric­ity to­kens closer to the doorsteps of its cus­tomers.

“NERC rat­i­fied AEDC’s pro­posed al­liance with Kal­lak Power Lim­ited and Pa­gat­ech Lim­ited to fa­cil­i­tate elec­tric­ity sales and pur­chase at 450 ad­di­tional vend­ing points, be­sides the cur­rent 50,” a state­ment signed by the Disco’s me­dia head, Ahmed Sheka­rau cited the let­ter.

Its Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Com­mer­cial Ser­vices, Engr. Ernest Mup­waya in the state­ment con­firmed NERC’s ap­proval last Fri­day say­ing, “We are in­tro­duc­ing th­ese new pay­ment op­tions to al­low our cus­tomers to buy elec­tric­ity units at the pe­ri­ods and points that are con­ve­nient for them.”

Rep­re­sent­ing the Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor/CEO, Mr. Neil Croucher, Engr. Mup­waya listed some of the ad­di­tional op­tions avail­able to the com­pany’s cus­tomers to in­clude elec­tronic pay­ment chan­nels such as in­terswitch, credit cards, ATMs, POS at su­per­mar­kets and fill­ing sta­tions, and mobile money (elec­tronic wallets on phones).

The AEDC re­cently con­sol­i­dated five frag­mented vend­ing plat­forms into a sin­gle mod­ern one that al­lows for im­prove­ment in com­mer­cial ef­fi­ciency by way of pro­cess­ing pay­ments and pro­vid­ing a more se­cure way of sales and rev­enue col­lec­tion.

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