April 18, 2024

New Tariff: EKEDC plans to upgrade customers to Band A, B

New Tariff: EKEDC plans to upgrade customers to Band A, B


By Udeme Akpan, Energy Editor

THE Eko Electricity Distribution Company, EKEDC, has concluded plans to upgrade all its customers to Band A and Band B.

The General Manager, Commercial, EKEDC, Mr. Sam Edoho, disclosed the plan at the Customers’ Engagement forum in Ojo, Lagos, adding that negotiations are underway with partners to get an additional grid and off-grid supply that would increase the company’s service delivery across franchise areas to at least 20 hours per day.

Edoho, who led the company’s management team, including the General Manager, corporate services, Mr. Babatunde Lasaki; General Manager, Technical, Engineer Oluwafemi Olaoye; and head of metering, Engineer Gbadebo Akinyede, to the forum, stated: “All our customers are held in high esteem. We have the desire to, at all times, deliver quality hours of supply and services to them. The arrangement of customers into different bands was done by NERC due to supply availability. They did not do that to discriminate against anybody or to relegate others to the background.

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“Going forward, we are working hard on negotiations with our partners to up our supply and services so that, in the long run, all our customers will get 20-hour supply and, when this happens, they will all be moved to Bands A and B.”

Similarly, the General Manager, Technical, Engineer Oluwafemi Olaoye, said: “Our response rate has been commended, but we are making frantic efforts to ensure an improvement in this critical area of delivery.”

On his part, the Head of Metering, Engineer Gbadebo Akinyede, maintained that the company is aware that some metering gaps needed to be filled, and it “is working hard to get the work done within the possible time.”

Also, the General Manager, Corporate Services, Babatunde Lasaki, said: “The EKEDC’S management is aware of the commitment of all our customers, and we shall keep working day and night to give you supply and service satisfaction,” he declared.

However, the Chairman of the Customers forum, Engineer Bayo Oladosun, said: “I am most delighted for the success of this engagement. We thank the EKEDC for the initiative, and we promise to always cooperate with them.

“We all know that the Company is profit-making, it is not a Father Christmas. Therefore, we call on all customers too to ensure prompt payment of bills while on the other hand, we encourage the company  to always make customer satisfaction its priority at all times.”