Jos DisCo Meters 9,861 Gombe Customers in Six Months

August 2, 2021
Jos Disco

By Adedapo Adesanya

The Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JEDC) has installed prepaid meters for 9,861 customers in Gombe State from January to June.

This was revealed by the Head of Corporate Communications of Jos DisCo, Mr Adakole Elijah, who further said the company has so far registered 77,291 active customers in the state.

Mr Elijah said that 88,000 customers in the company’s franchise areas of Benue, Plateau, Bauchi and Gombe States were being metered, noting that 54,725 customers of the 88,000 had been metered in the franchise areas as at July 23, 2021.

The metering scheme, he said, was being executed by the different vendors in the field in its franchise areas, adding that the results were impressive.

The JEDC official said that customers were agitating for metering because the meter was the only tool for measuring energy consumption

“We are investing heavily on meters; before the year runs out more customers would be metered,” he said.

On complaints by customers yet to be metered, Mr Elijah said: “our customers should remain where they are, our staff will come and get them profiled before metering.

“We cannot do everybody at the same time because we will not be able to manage that based on our previous experience.

“If meters have not reached our customers in their communities; they should exercise patience, everybody is going to get metered. We have enough meters and these meters are free of charge.”

Mr Elijah also identified vandalism as a challenge to the company’s operations, adding that there were efforts to end it.

He said JEDC had been getting the necessary support from communities in terms of reporting cases of vandalism which had led to the arrest of suspected vandals and other sabotage in the franchise area.

Mr Elijah further revealed that customers in Gombe owed over N455 million within the past six months, excluding the debts of those being metered who were expected to offset them later.

He, therefore, appealed to the customers to pay their outstanding debts, stressing that the company’s policy on debt payment was flexible and accommodates instalment repayments by customers.

Adedapo Adesanya

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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