By AbuSatar Hamed
ABEOKUTA: The Ogun State Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun, has said that Nigerians prefer to pay accurate bills for effective power service to powering generators.
According to a press release e-signed and made available to StarTrend Int’l magazine & www.startrendinternational.com by S.F. Ojo, SA Media to the Governor, Prince Dapo Abiodun made these remarks at the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) Strategy Management Retreat, with the theme: “Driving Efficiency through Improved Performance”, held at Park Inn, Abeokuta.
He urged the distribution company to improve its service to the people, saying that Nigerians will only pay for services rendered.
“Nigerians are willing to pay for services rendered. If a service is rendered, Nigerians would pay. What Nigerians would not pay for is services not rendered,” the Governor argued.
Abiodun disclosed that the present administration in the State will do all in its power to ensure that the distribution company succeeds there, adding that uninterrupted supply and distribution of electricity is key to the State.
The Governor also added that his administration upon its swearing in decided to set up the Ogun State Energy and Electricity Board, to conduct a power audit, which, he said, would help his administration understand what the needs of the State are and how she can efficiently and effectively meet the needs.
His words, “The uninterrupted supply and distribution of electricity is key to us. So Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company is key to this State.
“What we did was to appoint Lolu Adubifa, who has vast experience in the electricity industry. He was at a time, the Country Manager of General Electric. The charge we gave him and his Board was to conduct an electricity audit which has not been done in our State before.
“We charged him to do that. We would understand what our needs are across the State and how we can efficiently and effectively meet the needs”.
He added that it is the belief of his administration that the retreat would afford the distribution company to come up with more improved, more practical recommendations that would make the IBEDC more efficient in the energy sector and the development agenda of the Country.
In his remarks, the Chairman, IBEDC, Dr. Akintunde Ayeni, noted that the purpose of the retreat was to foster partnership between the distribution company and the State Government in the area of the security of lives of staff of the company and the efficiency in the delivery of their services.
Ayeni added that the retreat would also aid the company to look at ways to improving its revenue generation so as to be able to deliver more quality services to the people of the State.
He added that the company is willing to learn from what it already knows, so as to be able to do better in its service delivery to the State.