The chairman Board of Directors of Jos Electricity Distribution Company Plc (JED) Alh. Mahmud Yayale Ahmed has disclosed that electricity is essential component of Nigeria’s quest for industrialisation, job creation, enterprise development, and national security.
Ahmed made the disclosure on the occasion of the official commissioning of the second batch of the 180,000 Pre-paid Energy Meters Procured by Jos Electricity Distribution Plc.
According to him, since they took over the operation of JED three years ago the company has embarked on mass procurement of network improvement equipment’s such as transformers, Control Panels, Feeder Pillars, Energy Analyzers, Extension of 33kV line from Makeri Transmission to feed Anglo-Jos Injection Sub-station, construction of 4.9km 11kV overhead line to link Federal Low Cost to Rantiya Injection Sub- station.
Others are installation of a 2.5MVA by 33/11kV transformer at Oju, and rehabilitation of two control rooms at Zaria Road and Dilimi injection sub-stations, and procurement of over 151 drums of transformer oil to service transformers. The JED also procured in the first instance 10,000 energy meters and installed them across the network.
According to him as core investors with a commitment to turn-around the fortunes of the company for the common good of the customers, investors, government and indeed Nigerians they have since remained steadfast and committed to attaining those heights.
“ Ours like every other investment inherited a myriad of problems ranging from low generation of electricity, dilapidated network, staff attitude, access to finance and regulatory risk. Though we are not able to meet the electricity demand of our customers and often had to resort to load shedding due to supply deficit from Grid.”