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EKEDC aims to meter 600,000 customers over 5 years, targets improved service delivery

EKEDC aims to meter 600,000 customers over 5 years, targets improved service delivery

 

By Yunus Yusuf

The Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) says it plans to meter not less than 600,000 customers within the next five years, with an annual target of 120,000 meter installations from 2024 to 2028.

Mr Gbadebo Akinyede, Head of Metering at EKEDC, revealed that the company had initiated a comprehensive five-year metering strategy aimed at eliminating estimated billing across its network.

Speaking at the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) Customers Complaints Resolution meeting in Lekki-Ajah area of Lagos, Akinyede outlined the company’s commitment to improving service delivery through metering.

Currently, EKEDC boasts over 450,000 metered customers, representing 63 per cent of its customer base, Akinyede emphasised the company’s dedication to bridging the meter deficit of approximately 260,000 customers.

During the forum, which included customers from the Lekki Business Unit, Dr Tinuade Sanda, represented by Mr Joseph Esenwa, Chief Finance Officer of EKEDC, reiterated the company’s focus on customer satisfaction and engagement.

Sanda highlighted the importance of gathering feedback to address concerns and enhance service quality.

She assured customers that EKEDC is committed to metering all customers within the specified timeframe and would continue to leverage initiatives like the Meter Asset Provider scheme to achieve this goal.

However, Sanda acknowledged challenges related to collections efficiency, with a significant fraction of revenue remaining uncollected.

She urged customers to settle outstanding payments to support effective service delivery.

Furthermore, Sanda addressed liquidity challenges facing distribution companies, emphasising the need for aggressive collections to meet obligations and improve operations.

Regarding infrastructure development, Sanda said that the company had embarked on efforts to review and enhance substations under the Lekki-Ajah business unit.

She affirmed EKEDC’s commitment to investing in assets to improve electricity distribution supply.

Hajia Aisha Mahmud, Commissioner of Consumer Affairs at NERC, underscored the importance of the customers complaints resolution forum in facilitating dialogue between customers and distribution companies.

Mahmud emphasised the need for customers to be aware of their rights and for distribution companies to uphold standards of service delivery.

While discussing metering challenges, Mahmud acknowledged the substantial gap between meter availability and demand in Nigeria.

She highlighted initiatives like the Presidential Metering Initiative and the Meter Asset Provider scheme as key strategies to address the issue.

In response to customer grievances, Mr Uket Obonga of the Nigerian Electricity Consumers Advocacy Network urged customers to assert their rights and hold distribution companies accountable for service quality.

He cautioned against illegal activities like meter bypassing and encouraged reporting of such incidents.

Customers also expressed concerns about EKEDC’s response time to complaints and called for improved service delivery.

They highlighted issues such as prolonged power outages and inadequate infrastructure maintenance.

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