28 June 2016, Lagos — The Port Harcourt Electricity Company (PHED) has charged electricity users within the company’s network to embrace the use of energy-saving bulbs and also put-off electrical appliances whenever they are not in use to reduce the cost of energy they use.
Speaking at a special customers’ engagement forum on energy management and electricity bulb exchange held recently in Ahoada, Rivers State, the Project Manager, Projects Management Office of PHED, Mr. Chijoke Okwuokwenye identified the benefits of energy-saving bulbs.
According to him, energy-saving bulbs provide better lighting, and are also environmentally friendly, stressing that the bulbs also come at less financial cost to users.
In her opening remarks, the Head, Glory City Main Integrated Business Centre, (IBC), Mrs Ngozi Manafa, who was one of the organisers of the programme, said PHED was committed to providing quality and reliable power to customers in her area of coverage.
She added that the company was faced with huge challenge of losses due to a combination of reasons, including non-payment by some customers.
Also speaking, the Manager, Corporate Communications, PHED, 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 holding the forum in Ahaoda despite the serious security challenges in the area.
He called for more of such engagements to be held in the future.
The event, which was held in the Ahoada Community Town Hall, drew large attendance of men and women, especially youths of the community.
The programme was organised by Manafa, Iboma, and Okwuokwenye.
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.
The company had raised the alarm that its staff and their security personnel on a disconnection exercise were attacked by some residents of Epie Community in Bayelsa State.
During the attack, the Business Service Manager, Pere Alazigha, a linesman, Christian Umegbewe, three policemen and other staff involved in the disconnection exercise were injured in the attack, which was spearheaded by the youth of the area.
While Alazigha was left with a machete cut on his body, Umegbewe was pushed down from the ladder by the youths during the disconnection process.
Also, the Ford Hilux conveying staff to the venue was also damaged and its windscreen shattered.
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