From Francis Nansak, Lafia
The Authorities of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company have concluded a transaction for over two hundred thousand pre-paid meters that will be ready for distribution to consumers soon.
This was made known to The AUTHORITY on Wednesday in Keffi by the Head of Information at the company’s Cooperate Head Office, Mr Oyebode Fadipe, were he reacted on phone over an allegation from some members of the public who allegedly said pre-paid meters installed to their residence was paid for.
But on the contrary when our correspondent contacted the Area office in Keffi, to ascertain the true position on the allegation, the company through its spokesperson Mr Oyabode Fadipe declined the allegation, saying pre-paid Meters are not for sale and that AEDC dont charge her customers for the installation of the Meter.
He, however, said the over 200,000 Meters will not meet the demands of all the numbers of consumers in their franchise areas, adding that meter is one component in what the organisation needed for effective service delivery, pointing out that there are needs for Transformers, Cables among others” But at least we have started on a good footing, by investing as much as N10 billion to ensure that our customers get the required service,” he said.
In further clarification, he maintained that with the step taken so far and the huge sum put together it then means that the company is out to sustain a good relationship with its customers, as investing into power is capital intensive.
According to him, the over 200,000 Meters that would be made available is not only for Nasarawa but included states as Kogi, Niger and the FCT, “So not all will be opportuned to get their residence connected.This is why the company has initiated the Mass programme which will become operational next year January,” he added.
Mr Oyebode further stated that the Federal Government recently introduced what is called Meter Access Providers, aimed at democratising the distributions of the Meters which means that the distribution companies will no longer provide Meters as other Meter providers have been brought in, therefore, consumers now have a choice of getting the Meter from any of the providers.