AEDC Laments Insufficient Power Allocation
The management of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Plc (AEDC) has lamented that its allocation of 11.5 per cent of the power generated in the country is inadequate for all its customers.
The power firm which was responding to the complaints of Concerned Citizens of Niger State that accused it of disproportionate power distribution explained that its allocation was grossly inadequate to take care of all the customers its franchise areas.
“We concentrate the largest proportion of it in the FCT. This is justifiably so for very obvious reasons. One, the Federal Capital City-Abuja-is Nigeria’s seat of government, serving as host to many strategic national and international institutions, including the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, the National Hospital, various military formations as well as several diplomatic missions.
“It bears emphasis here, therefore, that while we accord the highest regard to all our customers across the entire coverage area, including Niger State, we cannot turn a blind eye to the very strategic power requirements of the FCT. Secondly, it is equally important to let the public know that 70 per cent of our customers are located in the FCT. Hence, we have no choice but to domesticate the largest proportion of our allocation in the Territory,” the firm explained.
Central among the allegations by the group is the claim that “AEDC is playing a game of deception through disproportionate distribution to different areas (of Niger State) every day to cover the appearance of blanket power outage”. In response to this highly prejudiced accusation, we wish to state at the outset that as a responsible corporate entity which is legally licensed to market and distribute electricity in the FCT, Kogi, Nasarawa and Niger states, AEDC values the patronage of all its esteemed customers, notwithstanding their locations or places of residence, or even social status.”