Kogi, Abuja, others to enjoy metering access

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The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) and three Meter Asset Provider (MAP) vendors have launched the sales of 900,000 meters for electricity users across Kogi, Abuja, Nasarawa and Niger states for the next 36 months.
Ernest Mupwaya, managing director of AEDC, during the ceremony held in Abuja on Friday, said the vendors were Mojec International, Turbo Energy and Meron. While Mojec will install and maintain meters for AEDC customers in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Kogi State, Turbo Energy will do same for customers in Niger, and Meron will handle customers in Nasarawa.
According to Mopwaya, customers would pay about N37,000 and N67,000 for a single phase meter and three phase meter, respectively.
Mupwaya further revealed that 900,000 customers had been scheduled for metering in AEDC franchise area.
“Being a moving target, we are aware that the number may increase and as it does, the vendors will take them by 100 percent. This project is expected to last for 36 months.
“With this metering scheme, AEDC was hopeful of ending the era of estimated billing, complaints of over-billing while ensuring energy accountability,” he said.
Chairman of NERC, James Momoh, said the MAP programme was an intervention to eliminate estimated billing and guarantee more revenue for the power sector as survey showed Nigerians were willing to pay for what they consume.
Momoh, who was represented by the general manager, Finance and Management Services, Abdulkadir Shettima, directed AEDC and the vendors to ensure meters were installed within 10 days after payment, noting that sanctions apply by facing consequences of deducting money from the Performance Guarantee bond posted by the vendors.
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Kogi’s months of unpaid salaries claims one, as judiciary staff slumps, dies

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Four days after judiciary staff of Kogi State resumed duty after five months of industrial action following the dispute with the state government, Magistrate Court 11, Lokoja has been thrown into mourning mood, over the loss of one of its dedicated staff, Fatimah Noah.

Noah, a widow, popularly known as Mama Danlandi in her working place, slumped and died around 8.pm on Thursday at her residence in Lokoja, over a yet to be established illness.

She was said to have resumed work on Monday with her colleagues, as JUSUN called off 5-month old strike, after National Judicial Council (NJC) resolved the trade disputes between the judiciary and Kogi State government; and has been consistently on duty without complaint of any health issue.

But a colleague of hers said she was seen on duty on Thursday hale and healthy until she closed and left for home.

A family source said since her husband died years ago, the burden of family upkeep has been on her, but that the situation became compounded when her salary was not paid to her, for almost a year now.

“Mama Danladi who had not taken salaries for the past one year, and a widow with children in tertiary institutions, was said to have scouted for just N20,000 three days ago to address pressing need of one of her sons in the school without success,” the source stressed.

Speaking to journalists, most of her colleagues at her work place extolled her virtues of humour, and said they have lost a rare gem whose dedication to work endeared her to the high and the low at her place of work.

Meanwhile, the remains of the late Mama Danladi has been taken to Idah, her country home, and buried according to Islamic rites.

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