The Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) has revealed its partnership with the Nigeria Police Force and community leaders as it intensifies efforts to quash energy theft and vandalism of equipment.
The Assistant General Manager/ Head of Media and Communications of the Eko Disco, Sulaiman Aledeh made this known in an interview with Television Continental’s Business News on Friday, September 13th. Aledeh said the partnership was necessitated by the growing concerns of violence against staff of the company by inhabitants of various communities.
While he admitted that some members of these communities, especially their rulers, have been cooperative and supportive, there are individuals he tagged as ‘trouble makers’ who foment chaos and cause more problems for the communities.
Aledeh spoke about the need for communities to work in tandem with the Eko Disco in order for the company to deliver quality service to them.
When quizzed about the impact the partnership will have on Eko Disco’s service delivery, Aledeh said;
”This will mean quality service delivery because we’ve seen quite a number of unhealthy practice and acts from these people we are delivering the service to.
”We are very mindful of the fact that we have quite a number of people in these communities who are really out there to support what we are doing, but we also have the few ones who are trouble makers. It is why we have sought the cooperation of the Police as law abiding citizens.
”When we have less attacks on staff of Eko Disco, it means we will have more prompt service delivery. This means we have more staff coming around to resolve situations, because staff have been barred by the management of the company from going to such communities.
”Community rulers and local community unions have pledged their alliances with the company to ensure that troublemakers are fished out when they engage in vandalism of the company’s properties.
”Our problem with the trouble makers has gone beyond vandalism. It has snowballed into theft as they go away with parts of the facilities. This means an extended stay in darkness for dwellers of the community because replacing the equipments take time and money.”
On the strength the company has shown despite huge debts it is being owed, the EKEDC AGM said; ”Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) owe Eko Disco to the tune of 22.5bn naira and that’s huge.
”If you consider the fact that we’re still here, we are still paying salaries, our Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) which we do almost on a monthly basis. You wonder why the MDAs are not accepting the prepaid meter but we have met with them and we hope to see the figures dropping in the foreseeable future.”