West Power earmarks N45b for Lagos electricity network

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West Power earmarks N45b for Lagos electricity network

  • Written by Roseline Okere

WEST Power & Gas Limited, owners of Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC), has earmarked N45 billion to improve its network in Lagos State over the next five years.

Besides, the company has unveiled plans to have additional 400 mega watts of electricity to boost supply in the state.

The Chairman, West Power & Gas Limited, owners of Eko Electricity Distribution Company, Charles Momoh, who made this disclosure commissioning of Eko forum office in Lagos yesterday, reaffirmed the company’s commitment in ensuring regular electricity in the state.

Momoh who was represented by a director, Tunji Olowolafe, said the money would be invested in metering, cleaning up of the system, cabling, transformers and making sure that everything was in line with what had been specified.

He said: “We have the responsibility to light up Lagos and keep it lit. This is the task before us, which we must do and do profitably.  He said the company would partner with the Lagos State government to ensure that power supply hurdles were crossed in the state.

“It is our aim to develop a partnership with Lagos State Government over the issue of power supply. “We are aware that the state government is aggressively working on the power supply situation in the state to enable it pursue its cardinal developmental programmes for the benefit of its citizens.

Speaking also at the forum, the Chief Executive Officer of EKEDC, Oladele Amoda, said that the company was poised to rules and regulations that exhibited customer’s best practice and satisfaction.

Amoda, however, urged customers within the network to avoid contributing money for repairs of transformers, cable, and power installations.

According to him, vandalism had been a major challenge of the company and I urge all customers to join us in the fight against vandals. “We have told our customers that henceforth nobody should contribute money for anybody be it staff in the name of buying or repairing of transformers, cable and power installations,” he said.

He added that the focus of the company was to have additional 400 mega watts off-grid power in the shortest possible time.

He said that despite the customers’ complaints office, the company still addressed customers’ complaints internally to ensure customers satisfaction.

The Chairman House Committee on Diaspora Affairs, and a member of House Committee on Power, Abike Dabiri-Erewa, stressed the need for customers to take advantage of the forum office which provided to ensure that consumers have a say in what happens with regards to electricity supply.

Dabiri-Erewa, who maintained that consumers have the right to complain and seeks redress expressed hope that the newly commissioned edifice, would take care of some consumer issues like billing, metering.

“One thing you should know is that if you have a problem with your meter, they should get it solved within five days. But I do not know whether that is happening, now with the set up of this Eko forum I hope that will happen. And I think one of the major problems of consumers has to do with metering, all of sudden meters have disappeared. They are supposed to put meters in your houses but they tell you they do not have them, especially in rural areas. So I want you to go to the rural areas and ensure that meters are supplied so that the billing problems will stop. But most important is the awareness that this service is there, and let everybody take advantage of this service that NERC is providing, because more often than not we just discovered we are not asking questions. And NERC is telling you through Eko Disco that it is your right to seek redress.  It is your right to complain. It is your right to be served. And I know that this will be done under this district” she said.  The Chairman of NERC, Dr Sam Amadi said the Eko office was the second level of appeal in the chain of consumer complaints, adding that issues beyond the forum were to be handled at the final appeal stage by the NERC.

Amadi, who was represented by the Commissioner, Government and Consumer Affairs, of NERC, Dr Abba Ibrahim, stated that the office would significantly reduce the incidence of protracted and expensive litigations.

 

 

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