The Managing Director of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), Mr Ernest Mupwaya, says the company plans to reduce energy and collection losses to 18 per cent in two years.
Mupwaya, who said this, yesterday, when he led his team to a visit to the Daily Trust corporate office, said that private investors took over the Distribution company (Disco) in 2013 with recorded loss of about 60 per cent.
He said that his visit was informed by the need to work with the Daily Trust to enlighten AEDC customers about safety issues, bills payment and protection of power assets within its franchise area.
He said that the Disco has added about 350 transformers to its network covering Kogi, Abuja, Nasarawa and Niger states in the past two years to improve its services and network capacity.
Another N218m has also been spent in clearing trees and barriers that interfered with its power lines, he said.
Fielding questions on its customer enumeration project, the new boss who took over from the erstwhile managing director, Neil Croucher, recently, said the firm has started a pilot enumeration in Kabusa area of Abuja where the estimated number of 3,500 customers grew to 4,900 verifiable customers.
“We now have a full blown enumeration ongoing across our franchise area, and we feel it will improve our services, ensure accurate billings, reduce energy loss and reduce bills for our customers,” Mupwaya said.
He said that 400,000 customers were now metered from among the 600,000 customers AEDC had captured.
Mupwaya said that the Disco had “installed 50,000 meters this year for small power users” as it hoped to attain 112,000 every year.
“For the large power consumers who are about 4,000 customers and form about 50 per cent of revenue base, we have installed 1,100 meters and we hope to finish it this year,” he said.
The Director Corporate Services of AEDC, Abimbola Odubiyi, said Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) across the three tiers of government owed the company N22bn electricity debt.
He said that development affected the company’s energy invoice payment to the Generation companies (Gencos).
The Associate Director (Business and Strategy) of the Media Trust Ltd, publishers of the Daily Trust and other titles, Mr Aliu Akoshile, assured the team of strong collaboration from the medium in creating awareness and enlightening its customers.
He said the company was the only print medium in Nigeria that had four printing presses across strategic geopolitical zones to ensure its advertising clients reached wider readers.