The Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHEDC) has said that more than 104 electricity transformers have been damaged in the last three months within Uyo metropolis of Akwa Ibom State. Mr John Onyi, Manager, Corporate Communication, Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHEDC) stated this yesterday in Uyo, while answering questions on epileptic power supply experienced in some parts of the state. He said vandalisation of electricity infrastructure was a major challenge confronting the company in the provision of adequate power supply to the people.
He appealed to electricity consumers to be vigilant and report any suspicious movement around electricity transformers to the security agencies for prompt action. “There may be a lot of challenges in the system, people are clamouring for supply 24/7, but the question is, ‘how many megawatts is Nigeria generating on daily basis’? “In Uyo, the state capital, we have lost as at two days ago, 104 transformers to this act of vandalism. It is not encouraging,104 transformers lost in one state to acts of vandalism. “What we should be talking about now is extension in the network not vandalisation of existing infrastructure. So, it is a major challenge. “We appeal to you, using your medium. We employ members of the public not to look the other way when any suspicious movement is noticed around PHEDC installations.
They should raise alarm,” he said. Speaking on estimated billing, Onyi said the company was making efforts to ensure customers are provided with prepaid metres across the state, adding that this would reduce the complaints on overbilling. He said it was the desire of the company to see that every customer is metered, noting that PHEDC has established a reconciliation mechanism to handle complaints arising from estimated billing. He called on the customers to make themselves available at designated points and tender their complaints for resolutions.
Source: Daily Trust