The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) Plc last Friday handed over a 46-ton ferryboat worth approximately N8 million to the people of Idah in Kogi State, in order to ease movement of people and goods from the community to various parts of the country across the River Niger.
A statement issued by AEDC’s Head Corporate Communication, Oyebode Fadipe said the company also complemented the barge with 300 life vests to enhance safety of the commuters.
The Chairman of Board of Directors of AEDC Plc, Ambassador Shehu Malami, while handing over the barge and safety vests to the Kogi State Deputy Governor, Hon. Simon Achuba at a ceremony at the harbour in Idah, explained that the company provided the ferryboat for use particularly by market women in the community, other commuters travelling on the river between Idah and Agenebode in Edo State, as well as between Idah and other parts of the country.
Malami explained that the gesture was part of the AEDC Plc’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects meant to underscore its willingness to support communities within its franchise area, which comprises Kogi, Nasarawa and Niger states, as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
According to him, “Electricity, no doubt, is very important for human comfort and development. But of greater importance to us in AEDC Plc is the safety of people who use the electricity to power their homes, offices, industries and other cottage businesses for socio-economic development. As a socially responsible corporate citizen therefore, AEDC Plc holds itself not just accountable for the safe use of electricity by her customers but to also contribute to the wellbeing of the customers within her franchise area”.
In his acceptance speech, Hon. Simon Achuba who received the items on behalf of the state government, thanked the AEDC for the donation, saying that they would enhance the safety of travelers and reduce travel time.
“Most importantly for us, this gesture by AEDC is a greater boost to the Kogi State government’s current efforts to attract investments into our state”, Hon. Achuba said, while assuring that the barge and other items would be put to judicious use, even as he said that transport fares through the ferryboat would be “highly subsidized” to make it affordable for people.