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Port Har­court DisCo cau­tions cus­tomers against il­le­gal con­nec­tions

- Business · Crime · Port Harcourt

The Port Har­court Elec­tric­ity Dis­tri­bu­tion Com­pany (PHED) has cau­tioned its cus­tomers in its four fran­chise states not to by­pass its net­work.

The Man­ager, Cor­po­rate Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, John Onyi, made this known in a state­ment is­sued on Wed­nes­day in Port Har­court.

He said that the com­pany had lost huge rev­enue to such il­licit ac­tiv­i­ties by some cus­tomers.

The states are Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River and Rivers.

He said the lat­est of such un­whole­some prac­tices was the in­fil­tra­tion into its fa­cil­ity by some un­named con­trac­tors in the state.

“The in­di­vid­u­als, claim­ing to be elec­tri­cal con­trac­tors, ac­cessed PHED’s net­work without re­course to safety stan­dards thereby over­load­ing the ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture.

“PHED man­age­ment has set up sur­veil­lance teams across the four states to en­sure that no unau­tho­rised in­di­vid­ual in­fil­trates the com­pany’s net­work without fol­low­ing due process.

“So, hence­forth, any­one caught us­ing our net­work il­le­gally shall be pros­e­cuted,” Onyi said.

He also said the PHED sur­veil­lance team, dur­ing a rou­tine pa­trol, caught one Fri­day Og­bonna in the act il­le­gally tap­ping into the com­pany’s net­work around G.U Ake Road in Port Har­court.

Ac­cord­ing the spokesman, the sus­pect was ar­rested and handed over to the po­lice to re­veal the iden­ti­ties of his ac­com­plices.

“PHED has been fac­ing im­mea­sur­able busi­ness chal­lenges stem­ming from van­dal­ism, en­ergy theft and bru­tal­ity on our staff on duty.

“We are also faced with the chal­lenge of non-pay­ment of elec­tric­ity bills by some cus­tomers who er­ro­neously be­lieve that elec­tric­ity is free, as well as il­le­gal con­nec­tion to our net­work.

“How­ever, PHED is de­ter­mined to de­liver safe and re­li­able power sup­ply to cus­tomers in its fran­chise area,” he promised. (NAN)


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