The Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company on Friday said the company was introducing new payment platforms for prepaid and postpaid consumers within the network.
This was contained in a statement signed by Pekun Adeyanju, the Assistant General Manager, IKEDC’s Public Affairs Division, in Lagos.
According to the statement, power consumers within IKEDC network can now make payments or recharge via vouchers, Point-of-Sale terminals and online banking portals as well as at bank branches.
It stated that consumers could also pay on IKEDC’s website following an upgrade in the company’s systems to enhance secure, convenient and more efficient payment options.
The statement stated that the upgrade had facilitated the alignment of payment options within IKEDC, a development that invalidated previous payment options.
It quoted Abiodun Ajifowobaje, the Managing Director of IKEDC, as saying that it was powering the new payment platforms in collaboration with First City Monument Bank Plc.
Ajifowobaje said that IKEDC’s other collaborators were United Bank for Africa and Nigeria Inter-Bank Settlement System Plc.
According to the statement, the method is to ensure that post-paid customer accounts are promptly credited, avoid unplanned service interruptions, while prepaid customers are provided more convenient vending channels.
Ajifowobaje the upgrade is a result of a comprehensive study of our network, which is geared towards ensuring that customers have seamless payment options.
He said: “The new regime has eradicated any likelihood of wrong entries or delayed confirmation of payments by customers.
“As long as customers pay with our IKEDC vouchers, at approved POS terminals agents, via NIBSS e-Bills Pay at bank branches or online banking channels, the transaction is effected in almost real time,” Ajifowobaje said.
The statement stated that consumers could effect these transactions in any of the following banks in Lagos: ECO Bank Nigeria Plc, Stanbic IBTC Bank Plc, FCMB, Fidelity and Enterprises Bank.
Other banks were Guaranty Bank, Heritage Bank, JAIZ Bank, Keystone Bank, Standard Chartered Bank Plc., Sterling Bank, UBA, Unity Bank, Union Bank, Wema Bank, and Zenith Bank.