Nigeria’s energy coy JED, picks NERC member as MD/CEO

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A member of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), an Electricity Management Services Company, has been picked as the new Managing Director of the Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JED).

Engr. Abdu Bello Mohammed last Tuesday assumed office as a professional who understands the industry and has served as a member of NERC, also known as the Nigerian Electricity Management Agency (NEMSA), our correspondent in North- central Nigeria reports.

The choice of Mohammed came as a result of his experience which he is expected to implement to turn around the energy company which is perceived not to be living up to expectations.

Speaking with journalists at the company’s corporate headquarters, Mohammed said the first changes to be implemented will be in the area of revenue yield, mass metering, improving electricity supply and reorienting staff attitude towards better customer service delivery.

“We have some new changes to make to reposition the company for better performance in the areas of customer satisfaction, provision of high quality electricity supply and making sure that meters are available to customers”, Mohammed said.

Mohammed, said to achieve this, new hands that will add value in the transformation journey will be recruited.

“The journey will have full transformation restructuring activities that will be on a continuous basis, starting from today”, he assured.

Outlining other crucial areas in the company’s operation that need immediate attention, he noted that electrical faults that hamper effective power supply will also top his first line priorities.

“Electrical faults within the network will be addressed assiduously. We will have a rapid response team to ensure that any fault emerging as a result of the operations must be attended within the specific targeted time given by the regulatory commission.

“New customer connection is another area we have to deal with. The customer numbers for the company are too low. We should not be talking about 500 to 600 thousand customers in the four franchise States. We have a lot to do in this area.

“We also need to take care of staff relationships with customers, indiscipline will not be tolerated, corruption cannot be tolerated, we will leave our doors open for meaningful comments and criticism in order to address some of these challenges”, Mohammed said.


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