Union Commends Abuja Disco for Service Improvements
As firm commits $200m to mass metering project
The National Union of Electricity Employees (NUEE) has commended the management of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) on the ongoing transformation of the Company, which has led to significant improvements in its network, information systems and operational processes.
The Electricity Employees’ Union made the commendation on Thursday, 21st April, 2016 during a familiarization visit by its new national leadership to the management of AEDC at the Company’s Corporate Headquarters in Abuja.
The NUEE President, Comrade Martins Uzoegwu, said in response to remarks by the AEDC Managing Director/CEO, Mr. Neil Croucher, that the Union appreciates the efforts of the current management to turn around the Company and put it on the path of growth and profitability. He continued, “we also appreciate that you’ve been having a good working relationship with our colleagues in the FCT and local (AEDC) chapters”, stressing that “we, however, want you to build on that and we’ll continue to engage with you”.
According to the statement signed by the Head, Public Relations & Media, Ahmed Shekarau, responding to remarks of AEDC’s MD, the Union’s General Secretary, Comrade Joe Ajaero said: “We are encouraged by your transformation programmes and the improvements you’ve recorded so far. AEDC has done well to a large extent. You paid productivity bonus last year. This is commendable. But we can do better. “We want you to do more in terms of staff welfare. Although we’re not here for a negotiation but for interaction, we’re urging you to do more so that you can motivate your staff further to ensure that the Company achieves better results”, the NUEE scribe added.
Earlier in his remarks, the AEDC CEO, who congratulated the Union officials on their election last year, and noted that the challenges of transforming the power sector in Nigeria will require wisdom, innovation, flexibility and respect for each other between management and employees.
Mr. Croucher, while listing some of the achievements of the current management of AEDC, also announced the plans of the Company to spend $200 million on mass metering of customers. The project, which will be implemented over five years will begin from this year.
The MD, who solicited the support of NUEE in getting Nigerians to embrace the new tariff regime, emphasized that the tariff adjustment was intended to stimulate investments that would improve power supply nationwide, stressing that tariffs will come down in a few years to come. The AEDC boss also used the opportunity to list some of the achievements of the current management of the Company, including replacement of billing, vending and information technology systems, business process reengineering and modernization, and enhancement of welfare packages for employees.
Other officials in the Union’s delegation include Deputy President (North), Comrade S. A. Mshelinga; Deputy President (South), Comrade C. N. Omone; Vice President (North West), Comrade Mohammed Musa; National Women Leader, Comrade Maria Ene Ekoja, and National Treasurer, Comrade Mercy Oronsaye.