As business and commercial activities increase along Nigeria’s inland waterways, the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has concluded plans to provide two Barges and 300 life jacks to coastal communities of Idah town, Kogi state.
The Managing Director of AEDC ,Mr Ernest Mupwaya stated this plan when he paid a courtesy visit on the Senator representing Kogi-East Senatorial district Sen. Atai Aidoko in Abuja.
He said the planned gesture was to support the movement of people, traders and goods in riverside communities in the state.
Mupwaya said the reason for the corporate social responsibility programme was to cement a long time relationship between the organisation and members of the public.
“It is from a good long and time relationship that the business of a company can be sustained, if you have a healthy relationship; it results into customers’ willingness to pay eventually, this helps the company to sustain its business,’’ he said.
Mupwaya also said he visited the Senator to intimate him of AEDC’s intention to extend its Corporate Social Responsibility to Kogi.
“We have picked projects in Kogi which will help alleviate some of the challenges of the people; there is an area in Kogi where there is a crossing between Idah and Agenebode market in Edo, where members of the public have to cross using boats and other means. As our contribution, we have agreed with the leaders of the community that AEDC will procure two Barges in addition to procure 300 life jackets within two to three weeks and deliver to the community. We believe that this gesture will help alleviate some of the constraints facing the people in that area; I think we are all aware some of the risks in crossing a big river such as the Niger, especially in this raining season, particularly when there is waves on the rivers“.
Responding, Aidoko who thanked AEDC for its gesture for Idah communities, expressed optimism that the items would help to save life in the area.
He further said it was a rare for a company to extent gesture to embark on such responsibility at this period in Nigeria.
“In Nigeria, a lot of businesses do not take the issue of corporate social responsibility very seriously. But for AEDC to take the initiative to pay attention to the remote needs of people, where they do business, is commendable. I commend you for taking this bold initiative.”
He said it was important for other Electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) and Generating Companies (GenCos) in Nigeria to emulate AEDC`s gesture.
Aidoko expressed gladness that AEDC had begun to address the issue of erratic electricity supply in some areas in the state.
Contributing, Mr Emmanuel Egwu, (PDP, Idah,Ibaji,Igalamela, Ofu), House of Representatives, also commended AEDC for remembering Idah communities in its corporate social responsibility programme. He also expressed the hope that the gesture would ease the movement of people and goods to markets within the communities and ultimately improve the economy.