We spent N3.4bn to me­ter 120,000 cus­tomers – AEDC MD

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Si­mon Echewo­fun Sun­day

The Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor of the Abuja Elec­tric­ity Dis­tri­bu­tion Com­pany (AEDC), Engr. Ernest Mup­waya, said the firm has recorded much progress since 2016, es­pe­cially with its on­go­ing N3.4 bil­lion me­ter­ing project for 120,000 cus­tomers.

Mup­waya who has spent one year af­ter tak­ing over from the pi­o­neer head, Mr. Neil Croucher, said the com­pany had also re­duced its Ag­gre­gate Tech­ni­cal, Col­lec­tion and Com­mer­cial (ATC&C) since it took over the util­ity in 2013.

The Dis­tri­bu­tion Com­pany (DisCo) head who spoke through a state­ment is­sued by the pub­lic re­la­tions head, Mr. Ahmed Sheka­rau, said in spite of the liq­uid­ity chal­lenges in the power sec­tor, Abuja DisCo had been ranked first in re­mit­tances of en­ergy pay­ments since De­cem­ber 2016 as con­firmed by pub­li­ca­tions of the Nige­rian Bulk Elec­tric­ity Trader (NBET).

Mup­waya who as­sumed of­fice on Au­gust 1, 2016, was the Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor, Com­mer­cial Ser­vices, for three years in AEDC.

He said through a se­ries of cour­tesy calls, that the firm was able to so­lid­ify its con­fi­dence-build­ing ef­forts amongst stake­hold­ers, which also rapidly im­proved its cash col­lec­tion.

To im­prove col­lec­tion and ser­vices, the DisCo boss flagged off the me­ter­ing of over 3,000 Large Power Users (LPU) on Novem­ber 9, 2016, which co­in­cided with his 50th day in of­fice, while the Small Power Users’ (SPU) me­ter­ing project was launched on De­cem­ber 21, 2016.

While the LPU process was com­pleted be­fore the dead­line of Fe­bru­ary 28, 2017, given by the Nige­rian Elec­tric­ity Reg­u­la­tory Com­mis­sion (NERC), those for SPU are on­go­ing along­side the enu­mer­a­tion of cus­tomers to de­ter­mine their en­ergy con­sump­tion.

Re­cently, it signed con­tracts for the in­stal­la­tion of 90,000 me­ters by Mo­jec Nige­ria Lim­ited and another 30,000 by ZTE Nige­ria Lim­ited, at N3.4bn.

It had also in­stalled over 78,000 me­ters for cus­tomers through the NERCin­sti­tuted Cred­ited Ad­vanced Pay­ment for Me­ter­ing Im­ple­men­ta­tion (CAPMI) which was sus­pended in Novem­ber 2016.

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