Some residents of the Enugu metropolis on Monday applauded the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) on improvements in electricity supply in the area, urging the company to keep up the good work.
In interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the residents said they now enjoyed power supply up to an average of about 20 hours per day in their homes, offices and shops.
They noted that they had experienced an average of between six and eight hours increment in steady power supply, as well as prompt response in fixing electrical faults in the past one month, leading to a boost in business and domestic usage.
Mr Emmanuel Chukwu, who owns a barbing salon on Agu Street, Achara Layout, noted that for almost two months, he had drastically reduced his fuel expenses on his generating set.
According to Chukwu, before now, I usually buy not less than N800 petrol daily so as to keep my business going but since the improvement in supply for two months running, when I buy N800 petrol, I use it for six days.
“For about two months, I have continued to experience stable supply within my business hours; even if EEDC takes the light, within 20 or 30 minutes, it will be restored. I pray EEDC continues with this good work,” he said.
Mr Mike Ugwuani, a Welder on Agbani Road, Enugu, said the improvement in power supply had caused him to win the confidence of his customers as he now delivers jobs on time.
Ugwuani said that the days of excuses, quarrels and hiding from customers was over since he now had steady electricity supply to meet the demand of all customers.
“Before now, I lost customers due to unstable public electricity supply, but today especially in the last two months, the story has changed.
“There has been a transformation in electricity supply and more timeliness in fault maintenance for two months now which is made possible by the EEDC and I plead with the company to keep it up, ‘’ he said.
Mr Ifeanyi Ossai, a tailor in Nza Street in Independent Layout, also noted there had been a boost in electricity supply, which enhanced his business.
“Due to the relatively steady supply in the last two months, I now close shop by 9p.m. and I cannot remember the last time I bought charcoal for my local pressing iron,’’ Ossai said.
Miss Gloria Nnamani, a resident of Amaechi Road, said that there had been over six hours of additional electricity supply within Amaechi Road and I must give kudos to EEDC for the development.
“Amaechi Road and its adjoining streets usually enjoy about 14 hours of non-stop supply, especially during the evening hours of 7p.m. till 9a.m. the next morning, before people go out for their daily businesses,’’ Nnamani said.
Reacting, Head of Communication at EEDC, Mr Emeka Ezeh, said that the recent improvement in power supply was the result of serious efforts and investments by EEDC targeted at strengthening its network and upgrading its infrastructure.
According to Ezeh, we are excited that our customers are already experiencing the effect of these efforts and hope they will reciprocate by promptly paying their bills.
He said: “The truth is that there is no way EEDC can sustain this level of improvement if customers do not pay their bills.
“We also urge them to desist from those illegal activities that negatively impact on our operations such as meter bypass, energy theft, unauthorised access to the network, vandalism, etc.
“We are committed to seeing that this feat is maintained; we have a couple of projects that we need to execute in some identified parts of our network, which when completed will further enhance customer experience’’.