Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JED) has sacked 500 staff for allegedly defrauding customers and non-performance in Plateau, Benue, Bauchi and Gombe States.
The Managing Director of the company, Alhaji Mohammed Gidado, said the sack of redundant staff and non-performing staff would continue, noting that the company has earmarked 40,000 pre-paid metres for installation.
“It is true that we have relieved about 500 staff of their jobs in the last three months for fraudulent acts, incompetence and non-performance. We took the hard decision as part of measures to reposition the company and serve our esteemed customers better.
“This exercise will continue on a daily basis because we are going to install 40, 000 metres between now and December 17, and we have also introduced electronic payment of our bills, which means the services of most marketers and cashers will no longer be needed,” he explained.
He, however, urged those affected by the exercise but feels aggrieved to take their complaints to the management, assuring that the company would re-absorb them if they have genuine cases.
Gidado also disclosed that the Federal High Court, Jos, has convicted 15 persons for energy theft, while several others were remanded for allegedly by-passing pre-paid metres and engaging in illegal connections.
He noted that the company was working in collaboration with the Police, the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Civil Defence to deal with those sabotaging government’s efforts to ensure stable power supply in the country.
Gidado advised customers not to pay cash to any staff for electricity connection and purchase of transformer, among others.