Traditional rulers of Arochukwu Kingdom a well as members of Aro Electricity Committee inaugurated by Nzuko Aro Worldwide met on November 6 with the officials of Enugu Electric Distribution Company (EEDC) to chat a way forward for efficient power supply and mode of bills payment. Venue was the palatial home of Dr. Nkemka Jombo-Ofo.
The parley was a follow up to the meeting Nzuko Aro held in Enugu with EEDC management in March 2017. In attendance were Mazi Okorafor Uror, Eze-Eze Agwu; Mazi Isaac Onoh, Eze Ogo Agbagwu; Mazi Thomas Vincent Okoroji, Eze Ogo Amuvi; Eze Ogo Obinkita, Mazi Oji Akweke Oji, Mazi Bassey Nwosu Bassey, Eze Ogo Amukwa; Eze-Ogo Ugwuavo, Mazi Kanu; Eze Ogo Amasu, Mazi Ogwuma; Eze Ogo Amoba – Mazi Oji and Eze Ogo Ugbo.
On the part of EEDC, Engr. Udechukwu District head Umuahia, Engr. Ozo Eze, Mr. Francis Ezeani and Mr. Joseph Atuche represented the company.
Dr. Jombo-Ofo stated that the reason for the gathering was to brainstorm on better ways of improving electricity supply to Arochukwu. He explained further that in 1974, Arochukwu electricity was connected to Itu power station and other neighbouring communities benefitted from it.
He committed to partnering with EEDC to solve the problem of epileptic power supply and ensure efficient distributions of power to Arochukwu Kingdom. Members of the committee are Mazi Okorafor Uro – Chairman, Engr. Okwara Onoh – Secretary, Hon. Nkem Okoro, Mazi Emmanuel Emenike, Mazi Jerry Onwumere, Mazi Okorafor Bassey, Mazi Paul Ogbonnaya and Mazi Boniface Onoh, a retired staff of EEDC.
All this was done with the support and blessings of Nzuko Aro Worldwide. The terms and conditions of the meeting are; stoppage over estimated bills and discountenance of bills consumed by other communities to Aro and ensuring that faults are traced and attended to with promptly.
The EEDC announced the introduction of online bill payment and posting of vibrant executives to its Umuahia District office.
The committee scheduled to meet once every month with EEDC officials to review strategies. The need to employ technical support staff of Aro indigenes who are familiar with the looks and crannies of Aro was also put on the front burner. This is to enable EEDC perform more effectively, while community electricity billing was also advocated.
The convener of the meeting, Dr. Nkemka Jombo-Ofo, promised to take up the issues discussed and agree with the management of the company in Enugu.
By Emma Emenike