Security, non-payment of bills hamper power distribution – PHED


6 Jul 2016

Security, non-payment of bills hamper power distribution – PHED

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Authorities of the Port Harcourt Electricity Company (PHED) has identified issue of poor security and refusal of customers to pay bills as factors responsible for the poor power distribution of electricity in some states including Bayelsa.

According to the PHED, though the company is one of the eleven distribution firms that emerged from the privatisation of the Power Holding Company in 2013 and was committed to providing quality and reliable power to customers in her area of coverage, the security challenge facing staff and equipment in addition to non-payment of bills by some customers have become a great challenge.

The PHED management led by the Head, Glory City Main Integrated Business Center (IBC), Mrs Ngozi Manafa, Manager, Corporate Communications, Mr. Jonah Iboma, and Project Manager, Projects Management Office, PHED, Engr. Chijoke Okwuokwenye respectively, however assured customers of improved and sustained performances.

Mrs Ngozi Manafa, the Manager, Corporate Communications, while addressing staff and stakeholders at the 2016 special customers’ engagement forum on energy management and electricity bulb exchange in Ahoada, Rivers State, said PHED, as one of the 11 distribution firms that emerged from the privatisation of the Power Holding Company in 2013, was committed to providing quality and reliable power to customers in her area of coverage.

She added that the company was faced with huge challenge of losses due to a combination of reasons including non-payment by some customers.

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On his part, Engr. Chijoke Okwuokwenye of the Management Office of PHED, encouraged customers to embrace the use of energy-saving bulbs to reduce the cost of energy they use and also ensure that they put-off electrical appliances whenever they are not in use.

According to him, energy-saving bulbs give better lighting, are environmentally friendly and come at less financial cost to users.

The Manager, Corporate Communications, PHED, Mr. Jonah Iboma, stated that the company, as a responsible firm, would always create avenues for improved company-customers’ interactions.

At the end of the forum, PHED exchanged energy saving for incandescent bulbs brought to the event by some customers. The company also gave out energy-saving bulbs to all the participants at the forum.

The President, Ahoada Youths Council, Mr. Kenneth Imo expressed deep satisfaction with PHED for the forum, especially that it was held at a time of serious security challenges in Ahoada. He called for more of such engagements to be held in the future.

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News Source: TODAYNG, 9jaTales

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