FG Sacks Management Of AEDC, Approves Interim Governing Council

A file photo of a powerline.
A file photo of a powerline.

 
President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the sack of the management of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), and a new interim governing board was appointed to oversee the day-to-day operations of the Electricity Distribution Company.

This follows the recent industrial action embarked on by AEDC staff over nonpayment of arrears of pensions, allowances, salaries, and promotion.
The sack of the management team which was conveyed by the presidency to the Federal Ministry of Power is to take immediate effect.

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The Minister of Power, Aliyu Abubakar and the Minister of State for Power, Goddy Jedy Agba had earlier intervened through dialogue with the Ministry of Labour, Bureau of Public Enterprise, and the Nigerian Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) to resolve and call off the 14-hour strike action.

It would be recalled that the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Kogi, Nasarawa, Kaduna, and parts of Edo States were in total blackout between 7: 00 am in the morning to about 8:00 pm on Monday following an industrial action by the staff of AEDC.

The presidential directives as conveyed has also directed the Bureau of Public Enterprises to set up a new management team of the AEDC, however in a memorandum of understanding MOU, jointly signed by the Minister of State for Power Goddy Jedy Agba; the Chairman of Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) Sanusi Garba; Director-General Bureau of Public Enterprises, Alex Okoli; Comrade Joe Ajaero on behalf of the union, the Federal Government has ordered the suspension of the strike, given 21 days within which the outstanding emoluments and entitlements of staff will be paid.

The government has described the nonperformance and incompetence of the AEDC as a National embarrassment, saying the suspension of the management team subsist until further notice.

Maraba Residents Protest Against Poor Electricity, Over Billing

 

Residents of Maraba, a town in Nasarawa State, bordering the Federal Capital Territory, staged a protest against poor electricity supply and overbilling by officials of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC).

The residents on Thursday morning assembled outside the Maraba branch of the AEDC office and displayed various placards lamenting over poor electricity supply and describing it as injustice.

They lamented that the poor power supply has remained for four years despite promises of improvement from the electricity company.

The residents also accused the AEDC officials of power racketeering.

Meanwhile, the branch manager of the AEDC office in Maraba, Kingsly Ehikame, who addressed the protesters denied the allegations of power racketeering.

He insisted that the complaint of residents have long been forwarded to the head office of the AEDC company.

 

See photos from the protest below…

 

Police Arrest Suspect In Connection With Murder Of AEDC Official

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The FCT Police has arrested one Oputa Vitus in connection with the murder of a staff of the Abuja Electrical Distribution Company (AEDC), at Pasali, Kabusa on Tuesday.

According to a statement by the Police Public Relations Officer, FCT Police Command, DSP Anjuguri Manzah, the staff was stabbed by the suspect when himself and one other staff of the AEDC were deployed to the community on official assignment.

Thereafter, the police received a distress call which led to his arrest on February 25, 2020.

The Command has now commenced an investigation into the incident and it says the suspect will be arraigned upon the conclusion of the investigation.

Niger Govt To Clear 60million Naira AEDC Debts

niger-state-yuletideThe Niger State government is wading into the electricity crisis in the state by offering to pay Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) the sum of 60million naira to offset some of the debts owed the company by the state.

At the stakeholders’ meeting presided over by the Deputy Governor, Mohammed Ketso, attended by representatives of (AEDC), Transmission Company of Nigeria and the National Electricity Commission was held at the government house to evaluate the causes and solutions to the erratic power supply to the state.

Over the last two months, the youths in Niger State have been protesting against AEDC for not doing anything to improve on the electricity supply to the state despite that the state houses three hydroelectric power dams.

They also served the company a four weeks ultimatum to quit the state if it fails to meet its demands.

The Deputy Governor, Mohammed Ketso told the AEDC officials led by the managing director, Ernest Mupwaya that the state government is ready to partner the company to enable it to provide the adequate supply of electricity to the people and that it will not accept anything less than that.

The AEDC on its part said it is working to strengthen its quality of service to the consumers, pointing out that it is also blocking all loopholes in the system.

Lafia Residents Blast AEDC Over Poor Power Supply

Electricity consumers in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital have expressed displeasure over what they termed poor services by the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, (AEDC).

To this end, they told the distribution company to take their services out of the town for failing to supply adequate power.

They made their positions at a town hall meeting organised by the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission,(NERC) in Lafia.

One of the residents, Rilwanu Elayo, said, “For the past two months, the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company has failed to supply electricity to most parts of Lafia and this has forced residents to live in darkness and discomfort.

“The company has succeeded in transmitting darkness as consumers have been paying for darkness since April.

Another resident, Ayuba Adamu, however, said the situation was unlikely to change anytime soon.

“Despite repeated complaints both verbal and written to the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company in Lafia based on the fact that I receive bills despite the blackout, nothing has been done by them on the matter,” he said.

The Nasarawa State Government, represented by the Commissioner For Works, Housing and Transport, Wada Muhammad, called on the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) to distribute pre-paid meters to all electricity customers as they are being surcharged.

“The only way the customers will be satisfied is when they have pre-paid meters and are sure that they only pay for electricity they consume,” he said.

“The state government has already donated land and offered to facilitate the installation of a 330 KVA transformer, which if installed will go a long way in addressing the poor electricity supply in the state.”

The NERC’s Commissioner in charge of Consumers Affairs, Mr Moses Arigu, assured the electricity consumers of their resolve to ensure that distribution companies adhere strictly to operational guidelines.

“The commission has concluded plans to open an office in Lafia for the consumers to channel their complaints for redress,” he said.

On his part, the Acting Regional Manager of AEDC, Mr Christian Chime, apologised to the consumers for the poor service delivery.

He assured them that the company had already taken note of their complaints and would soon address them to ensure improved electricity supply in the state.

He also disclosed that the company would soon embark on the installation of prepaid meters in the state.

Niger State Approves 0.5bn Naira For Power Contracts

Niger State, PowerThe government of Niger State has approved the sum of 536,944,754 naira to connect two local government headquarters with 33KVA direct line to the national grid after decades of abandonment.

The state’s Commissioner for Works, Transport and Rural Development, Abdulmalik Cheche, disclosed this to reporters on Monday after a State Executive Council meeting in Minna, the Niger State capital.

He explained that the approval was made as Mariga and Agwara local councils have never been connected to the national grid since their creation.

The Commissioner was optimistic that the completion of the projects at Bangi and Agwara, the headquarters of Mariga and Agwara respectively would have added value to the people and boost their economic productivity.

He regretted that the two local governments remained the only councils in Nigeria that were not connected to the national grid, despite Agwara’s proximity to Kanji Dam.

Mr Cheche further stressed the need for the project to alleviate the plight of the people of the areas, as other local governments were connected to 11KVA.

He stated that the contract would be completed at the stipulated time agreed so as to ensure its commissioning by January 2017.

The Commissioner disclosed that Mariga and Agwara projects cost 401,252,162 naira and 135,692,592 naira respectively.

He said that the Niger State government has never relented in the payment of its statutory 35 million naira monthly due to the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) for its power consumption.

Cheche stated that contractors were given equal opportunity to bid for the contracts, adding that all due processes were followed in the award of the contracts.