The Abuja Electricity Distribution Plc (AEDC) has expressed serious concerns over increasing incidents of vandalism to its electrical assets and installations across its franchise area.
According to the company, these incidents have seriously impeded the company’s efforts to deliver a stable and reliable power supply to its esteemed customers.
The company’s Management explains that following its desire to ensure improved power supply, last year, it activated a rich basket of technical and commercial projects that would upon completion significantly improve power supply to customers and thereby enrich customer experience.
Some elements of these various projects involved the procurement and installation of various electrical equipment worth millions of Naira,.
Unfortunately, many of these installations are currently being vandalized across the network, causing serious power supply disruptions, untold hardship, and losses to its customers, and huge financial and reputation losses to the company.
The Chief Marketing Officer, Donald Etim in a statement, condemns the acts of the plunderers stating that the surge in cases of vandalism within our franchise area has become quite worrisome, especially so because these vandals lately; increasingly utilize unfathomable methods to perpetrate their criminal acts.
Recently, One Hundred and Eighty-Five (185) meters of XLPE underground cable was carted away at the Central Business Area, Abuja FCT, valued at over 5 million Naira at just one location out of several others that have been similarly affected across our franchise.
The multiplier effect of these damages runs into billions of naira.
According to Mr Etim, AEDC will not relent on its efforts to ensure it provides adequate uninterrupted power supply hence the company’s continued investments in network upgrades, refurbishment of faulty transformers, procurement of new transformers as well as the construction of new feeders and lines to relieve existing ones.
Writing by Kayode Oyebisi, editing by Daniel Adejo