By Kingsley Chukwuka
The Managing Director, Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JED), Engr. Abdu Bello Mohammed has rolled out a 30 percent discount for all indebted customers who will wish to clear their debts at once.
Mohammed said the gesture, which will take effect immediately and run till the end of January 2023, is to encourage debtors to pay up, urging them to take advantage of it.
The JED boss spoke in a statement signed by the Head Corporate Communications, Dr. Friday Adakole Elijah, and sent to our correspondent on Friday.
While encouraging staff of the power company to also be at their best performance, Mohammed promised to always reward the best performing region of its franchise States of Plateau, Gombe, Benue and Bauchi.
Part of the incentive offered also includes prompting the best Regional Manager whose region will top revenue collection every month, Elijah said in the statement.
He noted that Mohammed is poised to improve staff welfare as he has urged staff to also improve revenue collection, adding that to demonstrate commitment to staff welfare, the JED boss shortly after resuming office, confirmed 121 staff who were left unconfirmed.
“We intend to look into staff promotion soon. I understand that some staff have stagnated for up to ten years in one position. This is not good. We can not operate like this. But for us to achieve what we intend to achieve, we must have to increase our collection efficiency in terms of naira yield”, Mohammed said.
He continued: “Please, let us improve the company’s performance and you will see what I will do. Our current collection performance is about 50 percent. We buy this energy from the Gencos and we can’t collect the cost of the energy. You collect goods on credit to sell and return the money but after selling, you are only able to collect about half of the total worth of the goods, how are you going to make up for the balance?, he queried.
“Your inability to perform could be catastrophic as I cannot tell what will happen to you if the trend continues.
“This is where you work. This is where you feed from. Your family depends on this. Your relations depend on this. Even the society where you live to some extent depends on you because you are working. We should therefore put in our best to enable the company to grow. When the company grows, we will all be better for it.
“We must move the company forward. We must salvage the situation. I can see the very intelligent and energetic staff here. All you need to do is the push and determination to change the narratives”, he said.
Mohammed however decried corruption in all ramifications calling for attitudinal change from the staff.
“You must abide by ethical conduct. I will not tolerate any bad act from any of you. While we will not tolerate any bad acts from you, we are ready to support you to do your job diligently”, he added.
Mohammed spoke in Gombe Gombe during an interactive session with staff of the Region, our correspondent reports.