8th May, 2012
The Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) has frowned at allegations that it was collecting monies from members of the public as contributions for the purchase of power transformers.
Mrs. Vera Osuhor, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Jos Electricity Distribution zone, told the News Agency (NAN) that PHCN had never initiated such contributions.
She, therefore, advised people against succumbing to such request from anyone.
“PHCN does not sell transformers; we have standard ones for the public and no one needs to pay for what they deserve.”
Osuhor advised members of the public to report any PHCN staff seeking such contribution, and described any such call as “criminal and uncalled for.”
“It is not legally right for the public to contribute money for PHCN to provide transformers for their use. It is not within our purview.
“When somebody tells you that, you should know it is not legal. And such activities should be reported to us as quickly as possible.”
She cautioned members of the public against confusing contributions initiated by the state governments as part of community development efforts toward rural electrification programmes to mean any subtle efforts by PHCN staffers to exploit customers.
According to Osuhor, such contributions are usually initiated by community development officers and had nothing to do with PHCN offices.
The CEO also commented on other alleged unwholesome activities of PHCN officers, saying that the electricity company had “zero tolerance” for any shady deal, vowing that any one caught would be severely dealt with.
“We have always said it, and I want to repeat it here. We have no room for bad eggs and shall never accept their activities in our midst.
“In fact, we have set up a special disciplinary committee to deal with such erring staffers. The few that were found guilty of wrongdoings have been dismissed.
“And, we are always ready to dismiss anyone involved in any unwholesome behaviour.”
On staff welfare, Osuhor said that some incentives had been put in place to motivate PHCN towards optimum productivity.
She lauded the Power Minister, Prof. Barth Nnaji, for his efforts to ensure a better package for PHCN staff.
Osuhor said the Jos zone was facing many challenges and expressed optimism that such problems would not affect the quest for improved power supply.