Officials of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, AEDC, has informed the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, that Ministries, Departments, Agencies, MDAs, of the power sector had accrued a debt of over N12 billion.
While making a presentation to the minister on Wednesday in Abuja, the MD/CEO of AEDC, Mr. Ernest Mupwaya said although the debt was accumulated since the previous administration, the company was willing to strike a deal to dissolve part of it.
The deal, which Mr. Mupwaya placed under some positive development partnership with the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, allows AEDC to use portions of the MDAs’ debt as collateral for Letter of Credit.
The AEDC boss said a formal letter would be written in regards to the proposal, adding that the company expected total acceptance with no objections from the minister, whom they seek continuous support until the actualisation of the MDAs’ debt.
Drawing the minister’s attention to areas where support was needed, Mupwaya said they should look into policies that affect AEDC as it aimed at becoming a world class utility, providing power 24/7 with installed network capacity of about 870MW and above.
He informed Fashola that they had replaced over 348 faulty transformers, spent N768million on 190MVAs, set up ICT systems, WANs, Data Centres and electronic vending platforms considered to support flexible e-payment.
On meter supply, he explained that out of an estimated 876,820 customers, 359,969 had been metered while their All Max-Demand customers would be metered with Automated Metre Review, AMR, by December, as AEDC is presently installing 15-30 metres per day.
Mr. Mupwaya hinted that they had embarked on several pilot projects which include customers enumeration, Busines Process Engineering, 24/7 Customer Care Centre and an Extended Payment Footprint through third party vendors with online vending capabilities.
Also hinting on some of the community engagement embarked upon, he said AEDC is committed to paying N500m out of the outstanding MDAs debt and balance after reconciliation, adding that efforts have been made to stop vandalism of cables and transformers.
Responding, Fashola urged the AEDC team, including the Discos and Gencos, to always attend the regular meetings by stakeholders in power sector.
Fashola said that such meetings produce problem solving and solution finding decisions as maters presented are addressed holistically.
He opined that the problem of electricity is not a technical one, but man-made, stressing that there is the need to sensitise the public so they could take ownership and be responsible for their actions.
The Minister who spoke on the issue of vandalism, said the Permanent Secretary is already looking into penalties for vandals, adding that AEDC should invest robustly in transformers in order to stop contributions by communities.
He noted that all complaints by customers would be redirected to AEDC, as it is inappropriate for the Ministry to take that responsibility, asking them to focus on customer relationship and building.
Lastly, Fashola advised AEDC to ensure energy conservation that they should endeavour to regulate excessive use of power by consumers.

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  • Barlowgun Korlarworley