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The management of the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution (PHED) Plc. led by its MD/CEO, Dr. Benson Uwheru has paid a courtesy visit to the Amanyanabo of Ochochiri Kingdom and the Sekuro 1 of Niger Delta, HRM, King Ateke Micheal Tom, at his palace in the ancient city of Ochochiri.
According to Dr. Benson, the visit to the respected King is very important to familiarize himself and his team with the palace and to deepen the long-standing relationship between PHED and His Majesty. It was designed to discuss new ways of collaboration with the king and his kingdom in areas of common interest with a view to providing excellent services in the kingdom.
Dr. Benson applauded His Royal Majesty for the tranquility enjoyed in his kingdom and the entire state where indigenes and visitors now feel at home with a peaceful atmosphere that enables businesses to thrive. He acknowledged and appreciated the king’s support for the Disco and pledged that the company will continue to interact with His Majesty and seek counsel and support from him.
Speaking further, Dr. Benson apprised the king of initiatives implemented by the company to ensure that the yearnings of customers for improved power supply in his kingdom and across the company’s franchise areas are achieved.
According to Dr. Benson, the company has invested in infrastructure, technology upgrade, and deployment, human capital, etc, as a show of commitment to fulfilling our brand promise of excellent service to our customers.
Meanwhile, Dr. Benson used the opportunity to intimate the King about some challenges impeding the company’s activities and frustrating it from carrying out its legitimate operations. Foremost among them are vandalism, staff assault, non-payment of electricity bills, rejection of electricity bills, etc. He then sought the support and intervention of the king in advocating that customers of the company should pay their electricity bills, take ownership of power facilities in their communities, stop vandalism, staff assault, meter bypass, bill rejection, and other activities inimical to the operations of the company, noting that we cannot progress by taking retrogressive actions.
He revealed that such activities had caused the company financial losses and distress, thereby making it impossible to feel the impact of the huge investment the company is making to ensure that our customers enjoy a stable power supply.
Responding on behalf of His Royal Majesty, the Chief of Staff, Mr. Akaluogbo, noted that the king is pleased by the company’s visit and that the king has listened to the company’s concerns and is willing to partner with the company. He informed that His Majesty would intervene to create the required atmosphere for the healthy conduct of business.
He noted that the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution (PHED) Plc is an essential service provider, because electricity is critical in our everyday life, adding that the company cannot be ignored in times like these when the palace can provide solutions to the challenges confronting the company.
Also, the king informed the company to assess some of the company’s infrastructures in the kingdom and consider them for upgrading or replacement.