The Eko Electricity Distribution Company Plc (EKEDC) has assured its customers of improved power supply.
The company said it was committed to improved electricity supply but that is dependent on what is provided by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN).
Oladele Amoda, the Chief Executive Officer, gave the assurance at a town hall meeting with some customers under the Mushin axis in Lagos on Friday.
Amoda, who was represented by Mr Sam Nwaire, the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of EKEDC, appealed to customers to exercise patience over the current instability in electricity supply in the country.
He said the company is doing all it can to provide stable power supply to her customers. He pointed out that as part of efforts to provide good service, the EKEDC has started a special arrangement with the Egbin Power Plant to buy 100megawatts for dedicated customers, without going through the national grid.
So also, the firm would be taking another 45MW from Paras Energy and is in talks with the Lagos state government about buying power from it.
“Behind the stadium, we want to build another 1x15MVA substation to boost supply in the Surulere axis, with approval from the regulators. We have been to Abuja twice with Hon. Desmond Elliot on this issue,” he said
Added to these, Nwaire said over N700m has been spent in the replacement and acquisition of over 138 transformers which have been sited in different locations in order to boost power distribution in locales covered by the company.
“We have embarked on massive replacement of faulty transformers within the network; we expect customers to reciprocate this gesture by paying their bills.
“We also expect communities that will benefit from the transformers not to see them as public property but as their own, so that they can help safeguard the transformers against vandalism by unscrupulous elements.”
According to the COO, EKEDC had lost over N1 billion in the past three years to various forms of energy theft, as cases of meter bye-pass by customers to avoid payment became very rampant, just as equipment vandalism was on the increase.