The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has obtained approval to expand its vending centres to 500 from the 50 current centres it is operating.
The Distribution company (Disco) said the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) gave the approval for it to expand its centres recently.
Abuja Disco is licenced to market and distribute electricity in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Kogi, Nasarawa and Niger states with 50 vending points. With the approval, the Disco said it can now take the electricity tokens closer to the doorsteps of its customers.
“NERC ratified AEDC’s proposed alliance with Kallak Power Limited and Pagatech Limited to facilitate electricity sales and purchase at 450 additional vending points, besides the current 50,” a statement signed by the Disco’s media head, Ahmed Shekarau cited the letter.
Its Executive Director, Commercial Services, Engr. Ernest Mupwaya in the statement confirmed NERC’s approval last Friday saying, “We are introducing these new payment options to allow our customers to buy electricity units at the periods and points that are convenient for them.”
Representing the Managing Director/CEO, Mr. Neil Croucher, Engr. Mupwaya listed some of the additional options available to the company’s customers to include electronic payment channels such as inter-switch, credit cards, ATMs, POS at supermarkets and filling stations, and mobile money (electronic wallets on phones).
The AEDC recently consolidated its five fragmented vending platforms into a single modern one that allows for improvement in commercial efficiency by way of processing payments and providing a more secure way of sales and revenue collection.