By ABAH ADAH, Abuja
Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has urged its customers to always ensure that standard materials and certified experts are always used, for proper and safe electrical installations including prepaid meter on their buildings.
The charge was given Wednesday by the distribution company (DisCo)’s Head of Risk and Compliance, Collins Chabuka at a safety awareness campaign jointly held by AEDC and the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) at Gudu Market in Abuja.
Represented by the Regional Manager, FCT South, Mohammed Abdulmutalib who was speaking to journalists on the sideline of the ceremony, the Director said the choice of Guru market was due to the fact that it is a major business hub in the area where any electrical accident could destroy things worth so huge an amount.
He explained that the meters given out by AEDC are procured from vendors approved by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) after which they have to pass the test of the Nigerian Electricity Management Safety Agency (NEMSA) to qualify for distribution to customers, hence the claims by some metered customers may not be true, adding that the problem is that most customers don”t follow the. Rule of installation.
“And that is one thing we are looking at now, as a result of which aedc has set up a Quality Assurance Unit which moves round to check each of the meters installed in our customers’ premises to ensure that they meet the standard that could lead to good performance of the meter.
“For those who have genuine cases, we have called for their addresses and our engineers have been deployed to visit them and address the challenge while the customer is looking into them,” he said.
He advised Guru Market occupants to “invest a little to secure the big investment they have there-in.
While addressing the gathering, the Head of Electrical Matters for SON, Mallam Musa Pla’a urged members of the public to play their own part even as SON is doing everything possible rid the nation of substandard goods, by discouraging importation and use of substandard electrical materials, considering the danger it poses to lives, properties and business.
Speaking for the business owners and marketers, the Assistant Chief Technical Officer representing the FCT Coordinator, Mrs Chudi-Anaukwu Chioma expressed full support of the drive towards having standard products in the country.