Alhaji Inuwa Babangida, Chairman, Board of Directors, Jos Electricity Distribution (JED) Company says the company is investing about N800m to improve electricity in Benue.
Babangida disclosed this on Tuesday in Makurdi, when he paid a courtesy visit on Gov. Samuel Ortom in Makurdi.
He said JED was investing the sum on the land given to it by the state government and for the replacement of obsolete cables with galvanised steel towers to boost electricity supply in Benue.
He stated that the mass metering scheme to be executed in phases, had 28,000 meters to be distributed in Benue during the first phase.
The chairman said JED had budgeted resources to improve electricity supply in Benue and other states under its franchise, adding that the support of the Benue State Government was key to actualisation of the project.
In his remarks, Gov. Samuel Ortom urged the company to ensure the metering of all customers in the state.
Ortom stated that electricity was vital role in wealth creation through provision of employment opportunities, adding that obsolete cables had been the bane of steady electricity supply in some parts of the state.
The governor urged the management of JED to also engage indigenous personnel during recruitment to help provide security for its facilities, with a pledge to partner with the company.
He commended the Makurdi branch manager of the company for his commitment and dedication to duty, even as he appealed for extension of the 33KVA line to the industrial layout to encourage production.(NAN)