Eko Electricity Distribution Company Plc (EKEDC) has procured over 138 transformers worth N700 million to replace faulty ones within its network to boost supply during the festive period.
Dr Oladele Amoda, EKEDC managing director, disclosed this while inspecting newly acquired equipment at the firm’s Ijora main store in Lagos.
“We have embarked on massive replacement of faulty transformers within the network, and we expect customers to reciprocate this gesture by paying their bills.
“We also expect communities who will benefit from the transformers not to see them as public property but as their own so that they can help us safeguard the transformers against vandalism by unscrupulous elements,’’ he said.
The EKEDC boss said that the company had lost over N1 billion to energy theft and equipment vandalism in the last three years.
He said that issue of by-passing of meter by customers was rampant within the network to avoid payment.
Amoda warned customers who by-pass the meter or engage in energy theft to desist, adding that the company will not hesitate to prosecute and publish names culprits in the dailies.
He advised customers with wrong connection leading to energy theft to report to the company before they are discovered and penalized.
He said that the company had invested over N13 billion on meters, adding that the company has also commenced installation of over 200,000 free pre-paid meters to various customers within its network at no cost.