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PHEDC loses 104 transformers to vandals in Akwa Ibom

FILE PHOTO: Transformer

By Dennis Udoma, Senior Correspondent, Uyo


Port – Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHEC) has said, it lost about 104 transformers alone in Uyo metropolis, Akwa Ibom State capital to vandals in just two days.



Corporate Communications Manager, Mr John Onyi told journalists at an interaction that, it was one of the reasons consumers are experiencing epileptic supply in some parts of the state.


He said that, the destruction of power infrastructure was one of the challenges confronting the company thereby limiting its resolve to provide adequate power to consumers.


Mr Onyi appealed to electricity consumers to be vigilant and report any suspicious movement around electricity transformers to security agencies for prompt action.


According to him, “there may be a lot of challenges in the system, people are clamouring for supply 24/7 but the question is; how many megawatt is Nigeria generating on daily basis?


“In Uyo, the state capital, we have lost, as at two days ago, 104 transformers to act of vandalism. It is not encouraging for 104 transformers lost in one state to act of vandalism.


“What we should be talking about now is extension in the network of vandalisation of existing infrastructure. So, it is a major challenge’’.


‘‘We appeal to you, using your medium to implore members of the public not to look the other side, when any suspicious movement is noticed within PHEDC installations. They should raise alarm’’, Mr Onyi charged.


He also spoke on estimated billing explaining that, the company was making effort to provide customers with prepaid metres across the state, in order to reduce complaints on over billing of electricity consumers.


While calling on customers to make themselves available at designated points to tender their complaints for resolution, added that, the company has established a reconciliation mechanism to handle complaints arising from estimated billing.


“PHEDC Management in its wisdom has equally recognized the issue of contentious billings and so, they introduced what is called – Bill Revision Camp (BRC).


‘‘This platform helps customers to reconcile their accounts to their satisfaction. When that is done, they now pay the balance and issued the map form for payment within 10 working days’’.




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