Apparently miffed by the recent multi-million Naira fines imposed on it and three other electricity distribution companies by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) for refusal to satisfactorily address service complaints, Ikeja Electric has launched an online “Live-Chat” service to enable customers engage with trained customer service representatives on a real-time basis.
NERC had slammed N45.6 million fines on four Discos – Ibadan, Enugu, Port Harcourt and Ikeja– for failing to either submit their audit reports on time, or refusal to satisfactorily address service complaints.
The agency found Ikeja Disco guilty of violating its licensing terms and conditions on three grounds and had fined the company N10, 000 per day on each of the three grounds of misdemeanor with effect from April 22, 2016 till July 25, 2016 when the directive was signed.
But in a statement at the weekend, Ikeja Electric stated that it has launched an online “Live-Chat” service to enable customers engage with trained customer service representatives on a real-time basis in line with its commitment to improve customer experience and further promote excellent service delivery.
According to the company, the online chat service, which is compatible with all Android, IOS and Blackberry devices, is user friendly, interactive and robust with customers receiving instant responses to enquiries, complaints and questions they post, on the go.
Speaking on the launch of the service, the company’s Head of Corporate Communications, Felix Ofulue, noted that the deployment of diverse customer facing technology solutions is a deliberate attempt to bring the brand to closer to IE Customers.
“As a customer-oriented company, we are constantly developing initiatives and services that deliberately bring us closer to the customers, right where they are, as individuals. This is just one of the ways we can also delight them and earn their confidence as well. So, if they have something to tell us, it is also right that they do so at their convenience,” Ofulue said.
Ofulue explained that integrating the service on various operating systems provides seamless access, via mobile devices, tablets and desktops, to IE customer care representatives.
“So, they speak to us conveniently while we listen. Our customers deserve this type of access, and we are pleased to provide it”, he added.
In a related development, the company has unveiled plans to roll out “Do-It-Yourself” POS terminals in all of her six business units to allow paying customers process their payments on secure terminals by themselves.
Ofulue further urged customers to take advantage of these solutions which has been put in place by IE to promote excellent service delivery.
Ikeja Electric has consistently improved on its multiple touch points which customers have taken advantage of in resolving service related issues.
Ikeja Electric is also consistently improving on safety and service standards across her network by deploying innovative initiatives such as the Network Safety Monitoring and this has resulted in improved power supply, much to the delight of residents and business owners.