The Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) has engaged the IRecharge Tech-Innovations to unveil a less complex system of Bill payment within its franchise cluster.
The new system known as ‘IRecharge,’ is a payment platform, to ease payment of electricity bills by customers.
Dr Tinuade Sanda, the Managing Director, EKEDC, flagged off the initiative on Thursday in Lagos.
Sanda said, “As deeply ingrained in our mission statement, we seek to improve the quality of life for all our customers by utilising cutting-edge technology and innovative processes to supply electricity sustainably, reliably, and safely.
“As a result, what is happening here today is a testament to that notion. I am excited about this payment solution by IRecharge.
“It will further ensure both our postpaid and prepaid customers go through a seamless process of paying their electricity bills and purchasing their prepaid meter tokens without any hassles.
“The new service enables customers to make their frequent utility bill payments through the use of a unique NUBAN account number.
“While Eko DisCo is making great efforts toward the availability of adequate power supply to customers, we must also secure our revenue by ensuring customers find it easy to pay their electricity bills.”
She assured the customers that the platform is not only fast and convenient, but also safe for them to make their transactions.
Sanda reiterated that the company would explore innovative ways to deliver value and improve its service delivery in order to maintain its leadership status in the Nigerian power industry.
Mr Tomi Araromi, the Managing Director, IRecharge Tech-Innovations, said the launch was to sensitise EKEDC customers about the new payment platform.
Araromi said payment of electricity bills could be made with just one bank transfer to these account numbers.
He added that it was aimed at providing a safe and reliable bill payment experience to customers.
He said, “The new payment solution provides and pairs a unique NUBAN number to every prepaid meter number and postpaid account number.
“Payment to this NUBAN numbers automatically generates and sends a token/receipt to the payee via SMS, Email and WhatsApp without convenience fees.
“Customers through this solution will have access to convenience, accessibility, transaction security, shorter turnaround time, 24/7 customer support, instant value receipt and several other benefits.”
Araromi said the permanent account numbers could be retrieved through the IRecharge website, downloading the IRecharge App, by dialing *6606*1# USSD Code or via WhatsApp through 09096666612.
He said payments to these account numbers could be done via several channels such as internet banking, ATM transfer, USSD transfer, bank deposit and at any mobile money agent location (POS).
On their parts, Mr Innocent Ike, the Managing Director, Polaris Bank and Mr Usifo Ogbebor, Group Head, Power Sector, Zenith Bank, lauded EKEDC and IRecharge for the initiative.
They maintained that collection of bills was a critical part of the power industry value chain, adding that the innovative platform would improve ease of making payments for customers.
TCN overhauls equipment for improved electricity supply to Nigerians
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Shiroro region, says it is overhauling all its equipment for improved power supply across the region.
The General Manager of TCN Shiroro Region, Malam Maiwada Sarkin-Bello, disclosed this while addressing newsmen during a tour of TCN facilities at Shiroro power plant.
He said the company was constructing new control rooms in Shiroro and Kainji transmissions and replacing all obsolete equipment with new modern ones.
Sarkin-Bello added that the company had purchased additional 132/33KV 100MVA transformer for Minna Sub-station at the cost of N1 billion to address power outage within the metropolis.
He said the company constructed new 132KV from Zungeru power station switch yard to Tegina and construction of new control rooms at Shiroro.
Others were replacement of old equipment by World Bank, in-house replacement of old equipment at Jebba, upgrading of Minna Sub-station with additional 132/33KV 100 MVA.
He added that six new 330KV current transformers on bus coupler at Jeba transmission station were purchased and new 330KV circuit breakers on Jebba-Kainji line 2 circuit were installed.
Also new 330KV circuit on Jebba-Gamo line was installed while vandalised tower members on T69, T70 and T71 on 132 Minna-Suleja circuit and two faulty 132KV CVT on Minna-Suleja line one and two yellow phases were replaced
He said the company constructed new open air stores for out-door equipment at Faku, obsolete protection relay with modern numerical relays on 330KV was replaced in addition to maintenance of power transformers on annual schedule.
TCN begins expansion, upgrade of facilities in Benin region
The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Benin region, says it has embarked on a series of projects aimed at grid expansion and upgrade in the sub region.
Mr Isaac Okpe, General Manager, TCN, Benin region, stated this in Benin on Friday, while briefing newsmen after a tour of the region, sub region and Ihovbor work centre.
He said that the project was part of measures to intensify electricity transmission in Edo, Delta and parts of Ondo and Ekiti states.
Okpe said the Benin sub region was one of the most important regions, a hub of the national grid,
The TCN boss said that the company started the expansion and upgrade at Ihovbor work centre in Edo, Sapele work centre, Delta, and Omotosho sub region, Ondo.
“The Transmission Company of Nigeria has embarked on a series of projects aimed at grid expansion and some of the ongoing expansion projects are as follows.
Benin Sub Region – Project expansion and upgrading project of 2x150MVA to 2×300 MVA 330/132kV power transformer.
Benin Sub-Region – Restoration of T2 40 MVA transformer at Okada 132/33kV line following the installation of 300KVA grounding transformer.
Omotosho Sub Region – Project expansion at Ondo TS, upgrading of 2x 30MVA to 2x 60MVA commissioning of new 2x40MVA power transformer at 132/33KV line at Erinje Sub-Station currently undergoing testing by NPDH.
The general manager further said that other areas of expansion included; Delta Sub Region, Ongoing upgrade and expansion of 1x185MVA power transformer at Ughelli 132/33kVA line.
“And an upgrade of 1x60MVA to 100MVA power transformer and commissioned 150MVA 330/132kV inter bus transformer at Ughelli last year,” he said.
Okpe, however, lamented that encroachments on TCN lines and acts of vandalism in the region had been the major challenges facing the company and hindering quality service delivery
“The major challenge we are having is encroachment on our lines. So many people are building churches, shops and houses under the lines.
“And this is a major threat and a major risk on their part. Even in areas people have been compensated for their lands acquired, they come back and built there, claiming that they were not compensated.
“This is a threat to the lives of those who stay in such places. People should not build under transmission lines.
“Vandalism is another challenge. People deliberately go to the lines and cut them expecting them to collapse,” he added
Okpe said that about eight people had been caught in the act of vandalism and are currently being prosecuted in different law courts across the region.
REA, NASEIN sign $150m battery manufacturing agreement
The Rural Electrification Agency (REA) and the National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) has signed a 150 million dollars battery manufacturing agreement with Chinese investors.
Malam Mutari Ibrahim, the Director Promotion and Outreach (PIO), REA said this in a statement issued in Abuja on Friday.
Ibrahim said that the agreement was signed with SHENZEN LEMI Technology Development Company.
He said that the agreement was signed under the leadership of the Ministry of Power and the China Ministry of Ecology and Environment as part of the takeaway by Nigeria from the COP 28 in Dubai
According to him, the partnership will facilitate the establishment of a Lithium-Ion Battery manufacturing and processing factory in Nigeria.
”The initiative which is backed by a 150 million dollars investment from LEMI is scheduled to commence in phases, starting from the 2nd quarter of 2024.
”The China Ministry of Ecology and Environment, in collaboration with the Ministry of Power expressed enthusiasm for being part of this transformative agreement.
‘The signing of the cooperation agreement is anticipated to serve as a pioneer initiative for the Light and Belt Initiative in Africa, aligning with global efforts to drive climate technology development and transfer,” he said.
Ibrahim said that the collaboration would strengthen NASENI’s mandate under the agency’s new leadership to manage the research and development of capital goods, production and reverse engineering to enhance local mass production of standard parts.
He said that the agreement would also enhance services for the nation’s technological advancement with a special focus on the electricity sector.
”Furthermore, the collaboration underscores REA’s commitment to bridging the climate technology gap and combating the adverse effects of climate change.
“It also aligns with the country’s ambitious goals of achieving universal electricity access by 2030 and netzero emissions by 2060,” he said.
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