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Don’t pay for installation of meters, JEDC tells electricity consumers

Jun 16, 2024

The Management of the Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JEDC), has cautioned its customers against making payments for installation of prepaid meters. It said customers within its network coverage in Bauchi, Gombe, Benue and Plateau should not make any form of payment for the installation as it was free of charge. Mr Nasir Faskari, the Meter Asset Provider (MAP) desk officer, JEDC franchise area, stated this in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Jos. Faskari urged customers to report any of its personnel who asked for fees for installation of the prepaid meter. He further said the process of acquiring a meter with the company, entailed the opening of an account to register the client’s details. “The procedure for acquiring meters doesn’t exceed 24 hours and it’s also free of charge.” According to him, the client is meant to have the form filled and stamped by a licensed electrical contractor who wired the house to certify that the wiring of the house or structure is up to standard. He pointed out that after the acquisition of the account with the company, the client is to subscribe to the Meter Asset Provider (MAP), a programme initiated by the Federal Government for customers who want to acquire meters. The officer said that a customer obtaining a single-phased meter would pay N 88,000 only, while a customer acquiring a three-phased meter was expected to pay N154,000 only. According to him, the company in a bid to be more proactive, ensures that the customer gets the prepaid meter within three days after making payment as they are readily available. He explained that the government had mandated the company to pay the customers for the meter, however, the company doesn’t give the clients the cash. “We give the cash to customers in the form of free energy tokens once every month, the customer vends until the N88,000 or N 154,000 is exhausted.” Faskari stated that in the eventuality the meters and vending monitors purchased under the MAP scheme got spoilt from no fault of the customer, and fell within the warranty period, the customer would have the meter or monitor replaced immediately at no cost. The officer disclosed that the meters had a warranty of 10 to 12 years. The MAP scheme commenced in April 2023 in Plateau.

Jos Disco Unveils New Partners, Invest In Network

Jun 16, 2024

To enhance efficiency in its operations, the Board of Directors of Jos Electricity Distribution Plc has promised to make more investments in the company's network. Also, a new partner - GRM has been brought on board to help in the reduction of the company's ATC & C losses. This disclosure was made during the unveiling of the new business partner - GRM to the Management and staff of the company at the corporate headquarters in Jos last Thursday, (21/02/2024). The Chairman of the Board of Directors, Alhaji Ibrahim Sani Bello who made the disclosure said that the investment has become necessary to move the company forward. According to him, without the necessary investments in the network, the achievability of the ATC and C reduction would be a mirage. He explained that the company currently loses not less than five billion naira every month stressing that the Board of Directors has directed that the ugly trend be halted and reversed immediately. He disclosed further that, "NERC has brought out a new order and the implication of this is that even the salary that you are enjoying today may become a mirage if you do not work assiduously to reverse the ugly trend". To stem the tide, the Board chairman called for concerted efforts and strategy that could galvanise the company to success. "Please, endeavour to redouble your efforts towards the realization of the N5Bn. You have the capabilities. You have the capacities. The Board is willing to support you and therefore, you should take advantage of the Board gesture to do the needful ", he said. He disclosed that "Sooner or later, all the Regions would be made a quasi-company of its own as they will be operating as a company within a company". Earlier, in his remarks, the Chief Operating Officer, Alhaji Mamanlafia Umar who stood in for the Managing Director, Engr Abdu Bello Mohammed thanked the Board for their support in administering the company. He said that the Management and staff of the company were poised to move the company forward from its current quagmire.

Jos DISCO Managing Director, Visits Tiamin Rice Mills In Bauchi – Photos

Jun 16, 2024

To enhance the revenue generation status of the Jos Electricity Distribution Plc, the Managing Director, Engr Abdu Bello Mohammed, last Saturday paid a business visit to Tiamin Rice Mill in Bauchi, Bauchi State. Tiamin Rice Mill is a grains processing company that has the capacity for huge energy consumption. According to a statement signed by its Head of Corporate Communications, Dr. Friday Adakole Elijah noted that Engr Mohammed who was poised towards winning companies with the capacity for huge consumption of energy met with the management of the company with the view to persuading them to consume energy being distributed by the Jos Electricity Distribution Plc. Engr Mohammed who was eager to increase the company’s revenue yield, took a comprehensive facility tour of the mill to determine their energy needs and the possibility of giving them an uninterrupted power supply. He also used the opportunity to discuss the possibility of JED Plc entering into a business partnership relating to the supply of subsidized rice for JED staff. On the visit with the Managing Director were the Chief Technical officer, Engr Hamisu Jigawa, the Chief Commercial Officer, Dr Abubakar Jimeta, Acting Head of audit, Ibrahim Doggi, and the Chief Security officer, Alhaji Musa Abdullahi. It would be recalled that since assumption of office last year, Engr Mohammed had visited several huge energy-consuming companies who were hitherto using alternative sources of energy and persuaded them to take their energy from Jos Electricity Distribution Plc. Some of these companies are Nasco groups of companies, Jos, Dangote Cement Plant, Gboko, Grand cereal oil mill, and Gombe Rice Millers among others.

JEDC PLC holds Customer Consultative Forum in Gombe

Jun 16, 2024

Speaking during Customer’s Consultative Forum held in Gombe on Thursday, Managing Director, Abdu Mohammed, explained that it takes the organisation millions of naira to maintain destroyed equipment, stressing that businesses would be in jeopardy. ……pleads against vandalising, creates Doma Regional Office, promises to improve services Jos Electricity Distribution Company PLC has appealed to residents of Gombe State against vandalising of its installations across the 11 Local Government Areas. Mohammed, who was represented by Saad Abubakar, Gombe Regional Manager called on customers to see company’s installation as pivotal part of their communities, adding that JEDC has established Doma region in order to serve customers closely. He said, “Customers should desist vandalising our installations, they should stop from tampering with our meters or from engaging in activities that has to do with energy theft. We have decentralised operation in other to serve our customers better Doma Region has been established to bring services closer to the people. “It is the expectation of JEDC that meters would be made available and customers who are owing us are to pay a fraction of their debt then they will be metered free. The meter is free but we want you to reduce your debt because when meters are given to you those debts will be incorporated into it. It shows some degree of commitment.” Speaking on the importance of the Forum’s meeting Mohammed added, ” This Forum is mandated to be organised regularly to have good understanding between our costumers and our organisation. It’s part of the right of the customer to know about our activities in fact, is imperative to organise this to make customers understand what we are doing. We hope to serve you better as a business outfit.” Also speaking, Chief Security Officer JEDC, Musa Abdullahi, who presented on ‘Negative implications of vandalism on networks and the need for partnership between the company and existing customers’, harped that security is everyone’s business. According to him, the franchise has over 8,000 transformers, cutting across Gombe, Bauchi, Jos and Benue States, noting that securing them alone without needed collaboration has become herculean task. Abdullahi said, “That is the reason for partnering with neighbourhood watch, local vigilantes, youth groups, and community leaders. They are our installation and they are serving them (communities), every day we experience vandalism on about four transformers per day in trying to install or fix back the transformers we spend per transformer an average of N1m per day. If you are using N1m daily to repair what will be left as profit this is across the franchise states of Bauchi, Gombe, Jos, and Benue. We record four transformers vandalised across four states. If you multiply N4m by 30 you know what I mean it runs in millions of naira. This reduces economic activities, in the affected communities.” He noted that Transformer oil is one of the most priced oils in the world, stressing that the copper wire is used by vandals for jewelry. “They (Vandals) use it to make bullets. For transformer oil they mix it with AGO to reduce the consumption of oil from articulated trucks they use it to make jelly. It serves as cheap raw materials,” Abdullahi added. He warned residents about fighting with officials of the company describing as a criminal offence. “Not to mention when you obstruct staff from performing their duty, if you have grievances report, we know that the economy is harsh, we are also customers so don’t transfer your aggression to staff. Whoever comes to you for payment should be treated with courtesy and you can stagger it and pay within the collection circle before a month. If you have fraudulent activities by any of our staff maybe they collected money to fix the transformer report because it’s wrong. We don’t encourage that, just write formally to the MD through the regional manager,” he added. On his part, Thomas Johnson, Customer from Gombe International Hotel described the Forum’s meeting as heartwarming. He said, “This is an interesting Forum, I was enlightened on how their operation on the distribution of electricity.” Johnson called for continued meeting saying, “I was here last two years in this same meeting. It could be quarterly, to bring motivation to customers.” On the need to improve supply, Johnson said “I wish to call on JEDC to increase their hours of distribution to commercial areas. Most of the areas they supply power is very minimal, it will be good if they can increase it, We will be willing to pay especially we the commercial business owners.”

Jos DISCO MD, Abdu Bello Calls For Safety Consciousness

Jun 16, 2024

The Managing Director of Jos Electricity Distribution Plc, Engr Abdu Bello Mohammed has charged members of the public and staff of the company to be safety conscious at all times. According to a statement made available to newsmen on Friday by the Head, Corporate Communications, Dr. Friday Adakole Elijah noted that the Managing Director gave the advice during a safety briefing at the Tudun Wada regional office yesterday to herald the commencement of the newly created region. Represented by the Head of Safety, Mr Alvinmax Cyprain Yenkwo, the Chief Executive Officer said that it has become imperative for the company to embark on safety education as well as measures to safeguard people’s lives. According to him, “we must embark on a pragmatic approach to safeguard the lives of our customers and our staff” stressing that “we must do everything humanly possible to prevent accidents on our network “. He explained that “safety is not only about technical staff or safety officers but a responsibility of everyone if we must achieve zero accidents”. He therefore called on all staff to endeavour to comprehend the safety pledge and be able to recite them with ease to apply it when necessary. The Managing Director disclosed that the Management was on an HSE non – compliance Form which would be distributed to staff to enforce violation. He therefore charged staff to be safety conscious.

JEDC And Unions Give Approval To Staff Terms Of Employment

Jul 19, 2023

The Management of Jos Electricity Distribution Plc in conjunction with the two in-house unions, the National Union of Electricity Employees and Senior Staff of Electricity and Allied Matters have signed the revised conditions of service. In a statement made to newsmen on Thursday by the Head Corporate Communication, Dr. Friday Adakole Elijah noted that during the signing ceremony, the Managing Director, Engr Abdu Bello Mohammed said that the revised edition was timely haven been in existence since 2018. According to him, “A document of such sensitive nature and importance being operational for more than four years would require review to ensure it portrays a true reflection of current realities as it bothers on employees engagement, conducts, welfare, career and capacity development as well as the responsibility of the company to its employees “. Engr Mohammed extolled the harmonious relationship between the management and unions and also disclosed that the revised version of the condition of service was necessitated by the fact that it would be utilized to better the course and career of employees and by extension the company. He said that the management under his leadership runs an open-door policy stressing that he was open to constructive advice from all and sundry. He called on staff to endeavour to put in their best by ensuring that Jos Electricity Distribution Plc gets to the zenith of collection efficiency. “These revised conditions of service should reaffirm our commitment to enhancing our cooperation for an excellent and harmonious working environment that will guarantee industrial peace”, he contended. Read Also: Just In: APC Caucus in Senate Announces Principal Officers He, therefore thanked the Board, Management, the two in-house unions and all those that work assiduously for the actualization of the document which he said culminated in its signing. The Managing Director promised that the company would honour the entire spirit and soul of the new conditions of service. In their separate remarks, the National Presidents of NUEE and SSAEC, Engr Martin Nzeogwu and Engr Chika Ben commended the Managing Director of Jos Electricity Distribution Plc, Engr Abdu Bello Mohammed for creating a u working environment for the staff. In their words, “You have created an impression that you are going to achieve what other MDs before you could not achieve by your commitment to the condition of service”. They urged him to keep up with the good work that he has been doing since coming on board stressing that the union would continue to give him all the necessary support that would enhance the growth of the electricity outfit. Present at the signing ceremony were members of the Executive management of the company as well as the Vice Presidents of the two in-house unions Comrades Mathew Ojochide Agbata and Abubakar Umar. Others were Mshelinga Sikanta, Naallah Adamu Yawuri, Ibrahim Umar Doggi, Sim Debora Magaji, Dalhatu Magaji, and Sarah Bidee amongst other personalities.

JEDC, Unions Endorse The Conditions Of Service For Staff

Jul 19, 2023

To improve the capacity, and commitment of its staff for effective service delivery, the Managing Director of the Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JED), Engr. Abdu Mohammed has signed into the company’s by-law a condition of service that will boost staff welfare, better deal for employees, and capacity development for its teeming staff. The company’s responsibility to its employees also tops the priority of the new improved by-law, a stance the Managing Director of the Company said will no longer be swept under the carpet. Two pressure groups present at the signing of the new condition of service tagged: “Revised Condition of Service”, were the National Union of Electricity Employees and Senior Staff of Electricity and Allied Matters. The group lauded the energy boss, Mohammed, for demonstrating a commitment to better working conditions of the company”s staff, envisaging that he will surpass his predecessors with the full implementation of the new deal. The National Presidents of the two groups, Engr. Martin Nzeogwu and Engr. Chika Ben who spoke on behalf of the unions added that a harmonious working environment for staff has been created. Communicating the same to our correspondent in a statement for dissemination, Spokesman for the Company and Head Corporate Communications, Dr. Friday Elijah said the new condition of service has been in existence since 2018 but has suffered audacity of implementation. Elijah said the new condition of service is indeed timely and will in no doubt improve efficient service delivery. He said the MD is committed to ensuring full implementation of the new employer-employee deal. “A document of such sensitive nature and importance being operational for more than four years would require review to ensure it portrays a true reflection of current realities as it bothers on employees engagement, conducts, welfare, career and capacity development as well as the responsibility of the company to its employees “, Mohammed had said. He continued: “The management under my leadership runs an open-door policy. I will be open to constructive advice from all and sundry. “These revised conditions of service should reaffirm our commitment to enhancing our cooperation for an excellent and harmonious working environment that will guarantee industrial peace. “I thanked the Board, Management, the two in-house unions, and all those that worked assiduously for the actualization of the document. “I promise that the company would honour the entire spirit and soul of the new conditions of service”, Mohammed said. Our correspondent reports that the Jos Electricity Distribution Company with its headquarters in Jos, North-central Nigeria, franchised three other States of Bauchi, Gombe, northeastern Nigeria as well as Benue in the north-central part of the country.

Jos DisCo: Vigilante apprehends 12 energy vandals in Bauchi, Gombe

Nov 23, 2022

A statement signed by the Head of Corporate Communications, Jos Electricity Distribution Company, Dr. Friday Adakole Elijah has indicated that 12 electricity vandals have been apprehended by men of the Vigilante group in Bauchi and Gombe State. Elijah said the vandals were caught after the new managing director, Engr. Abdu Bello Mohammed synergized with security agencies promising to work with them as partners in progress. Giving the break down, the Spokesman for Jos DisCo said in Bauchi, the suspected vandals numbering eight had succeeded in vandalising 300KVA substation at Yankari, 33kV Feder in Alkaleri Local Government Area by cutting 30 meters of 70mm2 and 6 meters of 150 mm3 as well as draining the transformer oil.