Jos – The Jos Electricity Distribution Company PLC (JEDC) on Monday inaugurated 435 new transformers to boost electricity supply to the four states under its operation: Plateau, Benue, Gombe and Bauchi.
Managing Director, JEDC, Alhaji Gidado Modibbo, who inaugurated the new facilities in Jos, said that the step would check incidences of overloaded transformers leading to low voltage and the rationing of power supply.
He said that contract agreements had also been concluded for the supply and installation of 180,000 pre-paid meters, free of charge, to consumers before the end of the year.
The managing director explained that the free distribution of the prepaid meters would help in addressing the issue of estimated billing.
“We want to ensure that consumers pay only for what they consumed,” he declared.
He said that the JEDC had so far received and installed 120, 000 pre-paid meters, free of charge, to its consumers in the four states.
The JEDC boss appealed to members of the public, especially customers, to report persons involved in energy theft.
“There are many consumers not captured on our data base, but they consume electricity without paying; such persons get connected illegally and constitute a huge minus to our operations and the entire system,” he said.
According to him, such persons should be promptly reported to the police or the company in the interest of the consumers and JEDC.
Modibbo assured customers of the company’s efforts toward ensuring that the quality of electricity supply to its customers was stepped up tremendously.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the activity was witnessed by Plateau Governor, Simon Lalong, representatives of his Bauchi and Benue counterparts, as well as that of the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, (NAN)