By Etuka Sunday
The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has acquired 23 operational vehicles worth N106,523,876 towards improving service delivery to its customers in Abuja, Kogi, Nasarawa and Niger states.
Flagging off distribution of the vehicles at its head office in Abuja, the Managing Director of the company, Mr. Neil Croucher, said the procurement of the 18 Toyota Hilux trucks and five Kia Sedan cars were in line with AEDC’s pledge of efficient service delivery in its coverage area.
Specifically, Mr. Croucher said the new vehicles were meant to facilitate speedy response to customers’ complaints by operations staff, as well as enhance revenue collection drives by relevant departments of the company.
“Given the very poor state of facilities in our coverage area as at the time we took over management of the company last year, we strongly felt we need to deploy new vehicles like these ones to fast track our responses to complaints by our customers”, he said.
He added that: “As you are already aware, we (at AEDC) are investing massively in improving the quality of equipment on our network, and I am delighted by the kind of responses we are getting from our customers on the noticeable improvement in service delivery.
“We must note, however, that a lot more is expected of us, and that is why we have provided these vehicles to you today to ensure that where there are any hitches, you should step in swiftly to attend to our customers”, the AEDC CEO stressed.
Mr. Croucher used the opportunity to task all staff handed over the vehicles to drive with care, and deploy them “for the purposes for which they were bought”.
Among sections that received the service vehicles were the Apo, Kubwa, Suleja, and Minna business units, as well as a special task force on revenue collection drive.
In his remark at the short ceremony, Chairman of AEDC chapter of the Nigeria Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE), Mr. Wisdom Nwachukwu, thanked the management of the company for fulfilling part of its pledge to improve the working conditions of staff, and urged it to do more.