Current poor power supply beyond us, says EEDC

2024-02-13 02:18:52

The Guardian

The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company PLC (EEDC), yesterday, said that the poor power supply currently being experienced by its customers across the South East is beyond the organisation.

The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company PLC (EEDC), yesterday, said that the poor power supply currently being experienced by its customers across the South East is beyond the organisation.

The company attributed the situation to low energy generation, which has resulted in a drop in power supply availability.

EEDC's head, Corporate Communications, Emeka Ezeh, therefore, appealed to customers to bear with the company.

He stated that the development has resulted in low generation, leading to a reduction in the quantum of daily megawatt hour (MWH) of energy allocated to distribution companies nationwide, thereby impacting the quality of service to its customers.

"We understand the inconveniences this situation has caused our esteemed customers, and appeal for understanding, as it is beyond us.

"We can only distribute what is allocated to us," he said. He assured that efforts are being made by various stakeholders in the power sector to address the issue, expressing hope of a positive result for the return of normal distribution of power.

MEANWHILE, the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (FCCPC) has backed actions of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) against 11 Electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos).

The NERC, as part of its sanction on the 11 DisCos, imposed a N10.5 billion fine on them.The commission's actions were taken against the DisCos for arbitrary billing of unmetered customers and non-compliance with the capping of estimated bills.

A statement issued by the Acting Executive Vice Chairman of FCCPC, Dr. Adamu Abdullahi, yesterday, in Abuja, urged NERC to consider stronger measures to deter future violations.

Abdullahi said the stronger measures could include increased financial penalties, stricter enforcement mechanisms and even the revocation of operating licences for persistent offenders. He said the decisive measure aligned with the mandate of the commission.

Abdullahi said the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Act (FCCPA) 2018, empowered the Commission to protect consumers from obnoxious practices or unscrupulous exploitation by companies, firms, trade associations or individuals, and to demand redress.

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