Jos Electricity, JEDC Counters Social Media Insinuations On Tariffs’ Increase

The Oasis Reporters

February 21, 2018

 

By Moses Gbande

 

The Management of Jos Electricity Distribution Company, JEDC has said it is deeply disturbed over the recent propaganda in the social media, particularly on Whatsapp that JEDC charges it’s customers far above other electricty consumers in Nigeria.

The Managing Director/Chief Executive of the Company, Alhaji Mohammed Modibbo Gidado who dsclosed this on Tuesday evening during an interactive session with journalists in Jos said it is untrue as asserted on social media platforms that JEDC has increased its tariffs.

He said the tariffs being enjoyed all over the county is the one approved by the regulatory body in 2015, and can only be reviewed after a constructive consultation with stakeholders which must be the same and approved by regulatory bodies.

“As it is now, tariffs as regulated by NERC for 2017 were as follows: Jos- 29.81, Abuja-24.30, Benin- 34.40, Enugu- 34.40, Ibadan- 24.97, Kano- 29.61, Ikeja-21.73, Port-Harcourt- 30.23, Eko-28.19 and Yola- 28.17, and since last year we have not had any tariff reviewed”.

Modibbo described the recent information circulated on the social media over the alleged increase on the tariff, as misleading, and urged the public to disregard such saying, “we are putting the records straight that the review was last done in 2015”.

He however raised alarm over the rampant illegal connection and vandalization of power installation wires in communities in Plateau state and environs.

Saying disturbed by the scenario, the management has been holding series of awareness campaigns and sensitization workshops with the stakeholders on the illegal connection of JEDC equipment and rampant stealing of transformers and cables.

Modibbo disclosed that the sale of Power Holding Company of Nigeria to private individuals was to encourage the generation of income to the distribution companies and increase employment opportunities.

The Company management was earlier at the Jos central Mosque for an interactive session with Muslim leaders and youths to educate them on ways to maximize the benefits of electricity.

He charged consumers of electricity to identify and report to the security agencies anyone caught vandalizing the JEDC installation cables in their communities.
He decried the activities of vandals that dilapidate structures of the company which has been responsible for the low megawatts of electricity distribution to Jos, Bauchi, Benue and Gombe states.
Dr Modibbo expressed shock, wondering why people take advantage of the challenges in the power sector to spread false information.

He also added that the company is partnering with government and security agencies to effect the arrest of those responsible for the problems of epileptic power supply.

Adding that JEDC is spreading awareness campaigns to educate the consumers of electricity distribution in the four states of Gombe, Bauchi, Benue and plateau to improve the revenue base of the investors who put in their capital.

Modibbo expressed the company’s desired to see that people who pay their bills do not suffer disconnection.

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