25 June 2016, Yenagoa – The Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company says it is faced with huge challenges of losses due to non-payment of bills by customers.
The Head, Glory City Main Integrated Business Centre, Mrs Ngozi Manafa, said this on Friday during a special customers’ engagement forum on energy management and electricity bulb exchange in Ahoada, Rivers State.
Manafa said PHED, as one of the 11 distribution firms that emerged from the privatisation of the Power Holding Company in 2013, was committed to providing quality and reliable power to customers in its area of coverage which includes Bayelsa State.
She restated that the company was faced with huge challenge of losses due to a combination of reasons including non-payment by some customers.
The Project Manager, Projects Management Office, PHED, Mr. Chijoke Okwuokwenye, encouraged customers to embrace the use of energy-saving bulbs to reduce the cost of energy they use.
He also advised consumers to ensure that they put-off electrical appliances whenever they were not in use.
According to him, energy-saving bulbs give better lighting, are environmentally friendly and come at less financial cost to users.
In his remarks, Manager, Corporate Communications, PHEDC, Mr. Jonah Iboma, stated that the company, as a responsible firm, would always create avenues for improved company-customers’ interactions.
The President, Ahoada Youths Council, Mr. Kenneth Imo, expressed deep satisfaction with PHED for the forum, especially that it was held at a time of serious security challenges in Ahoada.
He called for more of such engagements to be held in the future.
At the end of the forum, PHED exchanged energy saving for incandescent bulbs that customers brought to the event. The company also gave out energy-saving bulbs to all the participants at the forum.