The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company
(AEDC) has identified vandalism of electrical installation, non-payment of electricity bills as challenges in the distribution of electricity to its customers.
Its Regional Manager, Mrs Hauwa Mohammad, said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday that the activities of vandals was a major challenge to the company.
“In every company, fund has been the challenge, because people are actually not responding to billing.
“The major challenge should be fund, because customers are not responding and as well as vandalisation.
“People temper with our installation and then energy theft, this are the challenges that we face every day.’’
Mohammad also identified energy theft by some residents in various communities as a bane of the company.
She said that such acts were not in the interest of stakeholders in the electricity value chain.
According to her, funds generated from electricity bill of consumers are re- invested into providing electricity to the consumers.
Mohammad, however, explained that AEDC was collaborating with relevant security agencies of government and various communities to mitigate the activities of vandals on electrical installations.
“ We have partnered with civil defence, it is their responsibility to see how they secure the installation.
“ And, we as well, use the community because we can’t be in a particular place for 24 hours and try to sensitise them that they can as well secure this so that it can help them and help us as well.’’
Mohammad advised residents to always report and hand over apprehended vandals to security agencies.