|Mr Jay McCoskey, Chief Executive Officer, PHED|
The Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED) said the company lost N27.6 billion annually to unpaid bills by customers.
Mr Jay McCoskey, the Chief Executive Officer of PHED disclosed this on Friday to newsmen at the launch of the company’s ‘Energy Efficiency’ programme in Port Harcourt.
McCoskey said that huge figure accrued because some customers could not locate where to pay or how to pay the bills.
According to him, every month, the company has a revenue loss of N2.3 billion which amounts to N27.6 billion annually.
He said, “Most of the cases of non-payment are because people don’t know where and how to pay their electricity bills.
“So, we have come up with an online payment service that will enable customers to, within five minutes, make payments without difficulty.
He added, “This online payment service will complement other channels of payment, which means that customers will spend few minutes to pay their electricity bills.”
The CEO added that the company had also provided other avenues for consumers to pay their bills without hassles.
He announced that the company would spend N1.7 billion to improve electricity supply to its customers in Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River and Rivers.
He said, “This spending is part of our energy efficiency programme which targets 24-hour electricity supply to our areas of coverage.”
Mr Frank Ajaegbu, The company’s Programme Manager, Energy Efficiency, advised customers to use their electricity in an efficient manner.
Ajaegbu said that efficient management of electricity by customers would enable the company to spread electricity to homes, adding that “consumers can save about 30 percent of the energy consumed if they embrace energy saving methods.
He added, “Customers should turn off their appliances when going out while they use efficient energy saving equipment to conserve energy.”
The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) has distant itself from the death of one Patrick Okonkwo, who was electrocuted in Nsukka while working on the Company’s facility.
Patrick met his death while relocating EEDC’s electric poles at the ongoing road dualization in Nsukka.
Investigations show that the sudden restoration of electricity supply in the area led to his death.
The Head of Communications EEDC’s, Emeka Eze, in a statement said the company should not be blamed over the development, as there was no outage permit from them before the job was embarked upon.
The statement added that the victim was “not a staff of EEDC, neither was he in any way engaged by EEDC. I wish to reaffirm that EEDC is a very safety conscious organisation that abides by all safety measures and procedure in its operations. This incident in Nsukka was an unfortunate one and no fault of ours”.
Meanwhile, the contractor that won the relocation contract, Vee-Tec Nigeria Limited, has denied engaging the victim.
Chairman of the Company, Vita Abba said that though his company won the contract, “we sub-let it to another company and I want to believe that the contractor would know the victim.”
Akwa Ibom State-owned 586 megawatt Ibom Power Plant is to undergo routine maintenance and system upgrade that would result in its being shut down for at least 45 days.
The plant recently recorded 198 days of uninterrupted power generation, a development that aided the provision of improved power supply in many parts of the state.
Mr Meyen Etukudo, the Managing Director, Ibom Power Company, disclosed this in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, said that during the period, gas supply to the company would be disrupted adding that units would not be generating electricity.
He said, “During this period, gas supply to Ibom power plant will be disrupted and consequently our units will not be generating.”
However, he allayed the public’s concern about the lack of power supply in the state during the period of the system upgrade and maintenance adding that the National Control Center (NCC) and Odukpani power plant, Calabar will be responsible for the supply of electricity to Akwa Ibom State during the period.
According to him, the system upgrade and maintenance are necessary for safety, statutory compliance and operational effectiveness of both Ibom power plant and gas supplier.
Etukudo said during the upgrade and maintenance period, Ibom Power will restructure its operations and notify the relevant stakeholders as progress is made.
Meanwhile, the management of Ibom power company says that during the period of the system upgrade and maintenance, internal and external training will be organised for staff members.
It advised staff to identify training needs and work with the Human Resource (HR) Department to embark on such training within the period.
He said, “Those who have not taken their annual leave can use this period to embark on that leave upon obtaining appropriate internal approvals.”
The Senior Advisor for Digital Technologies, TOTAL, Pascal Dauboin, says the company is to spend $3 billion on energy modernization programme in Nigeria to enhance efficient energy production and usage.
Dauboin stated this on Thursday during a meeting with Nigerian delegation at the Gulf Information Technology Exhibition in Dubai.
According to him, TOTAL aims to expand the electricity supply of Nigeria and create more efficient energy production and usage in the country.
In his words, “The $3 billion energy modernisation programme aims to expand the electricity supply, create more efficient energy production and usage, and increase rural and semi-urban power access from 35 per cent to 75 per cent.
“TOTAL is at the forefront of adopting innovations such as drones, robotics, and early event detection systems to monitor and repair infrastructure.
He added, “The new generations of sensors will enable the development of new products for real-time, on-line analysis, following the always increasing safety and quality requirements. Digitally transformed processes will increase performance, robustness and safety in many industrial domains while building the job skills of tomorrow.”
However, he urged other multinational companies to do more in supporting better energy infrastructures in the continent, especially in Nigeria.
He said, “Multinational companies’ experience of working in a multinational and multicultural context can help drive innovation across the energy sector, by playing a leading role in supporting high-tech energy infrastructure projects in Nigeria and Africa at large.
“Nigeria is Africa’s largest oil producer, and the world’s fourth-largest liquefied natural gas exporter, according to the United States Energy Information Administration.
“In today’s interconnected world, the ability to find, share, and integrate knowledge from across the spectrum is essential.”
The Director-General, National Information Technology Development Agency, Dr. Ibrahim Pantami, in his response said Africa hosts tremendous investment opportunities for technology-driven energy companies.
The House of Representatives has concluded plans to investigate the status and sale of non-core assets of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) transferred to the Nigerian Electricity Liability Management Company (NELMCO) prior to the liquidation of PHCN.
The House mandated its committees on Power and Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) to ascertain the methodology that was used for the liquidation and whether such properties were well valued.
The committees were also mandated to ensure full compliance in the case of PHCN non-core properties that have not been sold and that proceeds from the sales are transferred to the coffers of the Federal Government, and report back to the House within four legislative weeks.
This is sequel to a motion brought before the House at yesterday’s plenary by Hon Chukwuemeka Ujam (PDP,Enugu).
Moving the motion, Ujam said in 2011, all non-core assets of the PHCN were transferred to NELMCO for disposal in line with the Electric Power Sector Reform Act.
He noted that these non-core assets worth several billion dollars and spread across the country and the world were supposed to be valued and then transferred for sale or put to use in order to recoup investments in the defunct PHCN.
He added that some of these properties have been leased at undervalued rates while some have been given away as gifts to electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) and called on the House to investigate the development.
PHED’s desire is to provide quality and sustainable power safely for the comfort and well-being of our esteemed customers within our area of coverage.
1 CHEAPER AND MORE AFFORDABLE ENERGY
PHED electricity is cheaper and more affordable than any alternative supply. With the recent hike in petrol and diesel prices, the cost for running a generator is for higher in comparison to being connected to the PHED network and services.
2 YOUR SAFETY AND CONVENIENCE
PHED utility electricity is safer and more convenient that any alternative source of power supply. It is simple, safe, and noiseless and saves you from the psychological and unhealthy effects of running generators.
Toxic fumes from generators that cause cancers, noise pollution resulting in irritability, damaging effects on the ears and psychological trauma are totally absent with PHED services, not to mention the possible hazards such as loss of lives and property that could occur from improper fuel and diesel storage in your home.
3 PAYING YOUR BILL HELPS TO CREATE A VIBRANT, SAFE AND WELL LIT COMMUNITY
Electricity is the basis for a modern society with a good standard of living. We need not emphasise the economic and financial benefits of a community powered by adequate electricity. Therefore, paying electricity bills helps to sustain the industry chain and improve the economy of the society. It also helps to provide job opportunities, create a safe amiable environment and raise the standard of living in the society.
4 IT IS A CRIMINAL OFFENCE NOT TO PAY FOR WHAT YOU USE
Every electricity bill contains a tax element that enables the government to provide public facilities to meet her obligations to the citizens. Failure to pay your bills, therefore, means evading tax which is a criminal offence. The banks and other organisations demand your electricity bills during business to check how responsible you are in keeping faith with your electricity contract, hence validates your good standing in the society. Not paying for electricity means stealing the commodity. This is not a moral upright behaviour.
5 IT GIVES YOU GOOD FINANCIAL STANDING IN THE SOCIETY
When you pay your electricity bills, Banks, Embassies and other reputable organisations see you as responsible as they now demand utility bills during business dealings to check how responsible you are in keeping faith with your contracts.
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