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Abuja DisCo Donates N8m Ferryboat to Idah Community to Enhance Transportation

Posted: February 22, 2018 at 10:57 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Dele Ogbodo

The Managing Director of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), Mr. Ernest Mupwaya, has said that the company is donating an N8 million 46 ton Ferryboat to Idah community in Kogi State and its environs in the riverine communities to ease the challenges of movements within the locality and across the River Niger.

He said AEDC would continue to add value to the people and guard the environment in all areas where it is operating even as the company also complemented the barge with 300 life vests to enhance safety of the commuters.

The news of the donation was made in a statement made available to Energybizdigest.com online news signed by Mr. Oyebode Babs Fadipe, Head, Communication of the Company, when the Chairman of Board of Director, Ambassador Shehu Malami, handed the barge and safety vests to the Kogi State Deputy Governor, Mr. Simon Achuba at a ceremony at the harbour in Idah.

According to him, the company provided the ferryboat for use particularly by market women in the community, other commuters travelling on the river between Idah and Agenebode in Edo State, as well as between Idah and other parts of the country.

Malami further explained that the gesture was part of the AEDC Plc’s corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects meant to underscore its willingness to support communities within its franchise area, which comprises Kogi, Nasarawa and Niger states, as well as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

“Electricity, no doubt, is very important for human comfort and development. But of greater importance to us in AEDC Plc is the safety of people who use the electricity to power their homes, offices, industries and other cottage businesses for socio-economic development. As a socially responsible corporate citizen therefore, AEDC Plc holds itself not just accountable for the safe use of electricity by her customers but to also contribute to the wellbeing of the customers within her franchise area”, Amb. Malami emphasized.

The AEDC Board chairman then advised the people of Idah to make optimum use of the facilities and ensure their sustainability, just as he urged them “to reciprocate our good gesture by paying their bills and protecting the power facilities in their domain.”

In a remark, the Deputy Governor, thanked the AEDC for the donation, saying that they would enhance the safety of travelers and reduce travel time.

“Most importantly for us, this gesture by AEDC is a greater boost to the Kogi State government’s current efforts to attract investments into our state”, Hon. Achuba said, while assuring that the barge and other items would be put to judicious use, even as he said that transport fares through the ferryboat would be “highly subsidized” to make it affordable for people.” he said.

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