Energy theft, vandalism: EEDC seeks media partnership, receives NUJ Enugu Correspondents’ leadership

Advertisement

The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company PLC (EEDC) has assured customers within its franchise of renewed vigour to engineer steady power power supply.

This came with an appeal for a sustained media campaign against energy theft and vandalization of power infrastructure.

The recently appointed Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of the company, Mr. Praveen Chorghade made the appeal when he hosted the new leadership of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Enugu Correspondents’ Chapel.

The NUJ leadership was in his office on a courtesy visit.

Praveen, an Electrical Engineer, Technologist and Management professional, who is bringing on board his wealth of experience garnered over 38 years across the major facets of the electricity value chain, said he was committed to 24-hour power supply in the area.

He said within the last two months that he assumed office, “I have been working with the staff on taking the EEDC forward by improving the power supply to the customers.”

“This is an opportunity for all of us now to transform EEDC to a bigger organisation which will be much more responsive and effective in terms of power supply and we have committed ourselves to achieving uninterrupted power supply to all our customers both private, domestic and commercial electricity users in all our supply area and this we want to achieve no sooner than now,” the MD said.

Advertisement

While lamenting continuous energy loss owing to theft, vandalism, among others, he sought the cooperation of the media and the entire customers in order to sustain the improved power supply.

“We will provide our customers with 24/7 electricity supply as much as required for domestic and commercial uses, and we expect the customers to pay their legitimate bill that will help us sustain the business. We need all your support because electricity is part of life.

“Therefore, we have agreed to provide 24/7 power supply to our customers, so that the first anger of our customer is taken care of and moving ahead, we want to treat our customers with affection.

“In three years from now, every customer of EEDC will be metered to stop the estimated billings which many customers are complaining of.

“In the area of transparency, we are being transparent based on our dealings with customers. All the bills we raise to customers will be electronically available.

“I am so elated to receive the leadership of the media today, and I plead with you to continue this partnership,” he said.

Earlier in his remarks, the Chairman of the NUJ, Enugu Correspondents’ Chapel, Comrade Lawrence Njoku told the EEDC boss that the union was ready to collaborate with the organization in order to ensure efficient service delivery.

Njoku, who acknowledged the steady improvement in power supply, urged the company to sustain the tempo.

“We can say that customers are now happy with the serious improvement in power supply. We commend the EEDC for that feat.

“On our part, we shall continue to carry on the campaign, especially against power theft and vandalism,” he stated.

Also on the delegation were the Vice Chairman, Comrade Ignatius Okpara, the General Secretary, Comrade Emma Ugwueze, the Assistant Secretary, Comrade Moses Oyediran and the Financial Secretary, Comrade Nnamdi Mbawike.

Meanwhile, the EEDC has also assured its customers in Awka, Ogidi and Ekwulobia, Anambra State, of improved power supply.

This is following the commissioning of the National Integrated Power Project (NIPP) 2x60MVA 132/33KV Station at Awka, Anambra State by the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, in company of the Executive Governor of Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano and the Managing Director, Niger Delta Power Holding Company Limited (NDPHC), Mr. Chiedu Ugbo.

The Managing Director/CEO, EEDC, Mr. Praveen Chorghade, who was also present at the commissioning expressed happiness over the project, stating that it was timely, and would greatly impact the service quality of electricity customers under its Awka, Ogidi and Ekwulobia districts.

He further disclosed that the 2 x 60MVA power transformers will de-load the existing 40MVA transformer, thereby drastically increasing the available distribution capacity by 300%. This would enable EEDC to accommodate more load and energy to meet the increasing power demands of customers under its Awka, Ogidi and Ekwulobia districts.

“Awka is fast developing with increasing demand for electricity supply and this project will do justice to that”

“This is also a major stake in increasing efforts in line with our commitment to deliver improved supply services to our customers in Awka and our entire franchise area”, Praveen stated.

Newspot gathered that over 35 communities will benefit from this project. They include, Amansea, Egbeagu, Umuokpara, Orede, Ebenebe, Ugbenu, Okpuno, Mgbakwu, Umudunu, Abagana, Orofia, Eziawutolo, Amaenye, Ukpo, Abba, Enu-Ifite, Ezinato-Ifite, Agbana-Ifite, Umuayom, Umunnoke, Umuoramma, Umuokpu, Achallaoji, Umunamoke, Agbana, Umudiaba, Amachalla, Amudo, Umuzocha, Awkuzu, Aguleri, Nteje, Achalla, Ukwulu, Nawgu and environs.

Abia Speaker berates EEDC over poor services

Share your story or advertise with us: Whatsapp: +2347068686071, +2348053062268, Email: [email protected]