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The management of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has presented a brand new Hilux Van to the Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) to strengthen FCT efforts to stem vandalism on public assets as well as maintenance purposes.  

Making the presentation on behalf of AEDC CEO, Engr. Ernest Mupwaya, the Head of Accounts Management of AEDC, Hajia Hauwa Kulu Muhammad, said the gesture was in fulfillment of an earlier promise the Company had made to FCTA in a recent visit to FCT Minister, Malam Muhammad Musa Bello.

Hajia Muhammad, who was accompanied by AEDC’s Head Public Affairs, Mallam Ahmad Shekarau and other senior staff of the company, commended the FCT Minister, for his diligence in the payment of the electricity bills of FCT establishments and facilities.

According to the AEDC Account Management Head, “despite its use for maintenance purposes, the vehicle will also serve as a means of rapid response to areas where the street lights are having problem, under vandalism or knocked down by careless road users.”

Responding, to the AEDC gesture, the representative of the FCT Minister, the Director, Department of Facility Maintenance and Management (FMM), Engr. Niyi Olaloye, thanked the AEDC Management for their show of support. He described the donation as a potent demonstration of the partnership between the FCT Administration and stakeholders in the power sector aimed at ensuring adequate power supply in the FCT.

In the interim, the FCT Administration, the FMM Director revealed, has mounted 22 Generator sets to assist in powering the street lights in because of the paucity of power supply to the FCT, pending when supply improves.

He indicated that some phone numbers have been dedicated to enable members of the public to rich the FCTA’s quick response team, in case of vandalism, crime or breakdown of the streetlight systems. They are 08150181818, 08150191919, 08152151515, and 08152141414.  Engr. Niyi urged FCT residents to always call any of these numbers whenever they notice any of these breaches.

It could be recalled that some months ago the Managing Director of AEDC and his management team paid a courtesy visit on the FCT Minister with a view to building strong working relationships with the Administration. He had lamented that the shortage of power afflicts the City with darkness and encourages crime as well as vandalism on these public assets. Bello appealed to the Company to improve their power distribution to FCT.

Cosmas Uzodinma

Chief Press Secretary

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