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.

Jos Residents Protest Arbitrary Electricity Billing

SSANU, Police, FUTAElectricity consumers in Jos have protested the billing system of the Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JEDC).

Residents in the Plateau State capital took to the streets on Wednesday to register their displeasure over the billing system which they described as outrageous.

They asked the management of the JEDC to consider a downward review of tariffs and status of the new pre-paid meters which they said should replace the estimated system.

Rainstorm Destroys High Tension Poles In Port Harcourt

Falling power poleAbout 96 high tension poles belonging to Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED) were destroyed by heavy wind, during the downpour that occurred on Tuesday evening in Port Harcourt.

As a result of the damaged poles with other associated materials such as 150mm aluminum conductor spanning over 32,000 metres, several cross arms, among others were also destroyed.

A cross section of Port Harcourt metropolis has been thrown into darkness.

In the wake of the loss, five 33kv and four 11kv feeders namely; Borikiri 33kv, Rainbow 33kv, Choba 33kv, Rumuolumeni 33kv and UST 33kv were affected.

Others affected are 11kv in Rumuomoi, Federal, Wokoma and Water lines.

The Chief Executive officer of PHED, Mr Jay McCoskey, reacting to the natural disaster that culminated to the loss of supply to the affected areas, appealed to the residents to exercise patience while the damaged poles are being replaced.

One person was killed in earlier storm on Monday

He assured the residents that the management would do everything possible to ensure early restoration of power supply.

“It is regrettable that PHED is facing such a loss at this moment due to natural disaster, but I can guarantee that supply will be restored to the affected areas because we have started sourcing for the materials to replace the damaged poles and other accessories,”  McCoskey said.

Thunderstorm Kills One In Port Harcourt

The rainstorm came a day after a heavy rain with thunderstorm in Port-Harcourt, the capital of Rivers State,  brought down at least two masts, destroying bill boards and some roofs in Ikoku Mile 1 community.

A 16-year-old girl, who was said to be with her mother, was killed.

While two others, including the coach of the Community Football team were left with broken skulls and are currently battling for survival at the hospital.

Rivers Electricity Billing System, Residents Lament State Of Power

Kaduna ElectricityResidents in Port Harcourt are worried over the electricity bills they are made to pay by the Electricity Distribution Company in the state.

Some of the residents said,  though they have prepaid meters, the PHCN officials are never available to read them .

They are more concerned that the bills they get are always over estimated.

Meanwhile, the Manager Corporate Communications, Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, head quarters of 4 south south states, Jonah Iboma explained that the billing system is regulated by Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission and is always based on categories of consumption.

Mr.  Boma also pointed out that bills estimation are calculated on points of electricity usage.