Lagos - The Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) Akure, said it had begun installation of pre-paid meter under the Credit Advance Payment for Metering implementations (CAPMI) scheme.
This is contained in a statement by the PHCN Public Affairs Manager, Oghale Eduziare, on Sunday in Lagos.
According to him, the scheme is aimed at curbing incessant complaints of over billing and estimated bills.
He said that more than 200 pre-paid meters had been installed to customers under the new scheme.
He also appealed to members of the public to protect power installations in their localities.
Eduziare said that the PHCN had created the right environment for Nigerians to protect government equipment.
The manager stressed the socio-economic effect of vandalism, saying apart from throwing communities into darkness, the cost of replacing damaged equipment was huge.
"One of the challenges on regular power supply in Ondo State now is the high rate of vandalism on PHCN equipment and installations.
"If this ugly trend is not checked by host communities that are saddled with protection of installations in their domain, achieving improved power supply will be a mirage.
"We spent millions of naira to replace the vandalised equipment; this amount would have been better expended on new projects for the customers,’’ Eduziare said.
He, however, advised community development associations and other well meaning community members to be alert and assist in curbing vandalism within their localities.
Eduziare said that more than 600 transformers had been installed in various communities in Akure, adding that additional ones were installed at two strategic locations to take care of high demand of supply in the area.
He said that the increasing power demand of Akure and its environs was in line with one of Federal Government's transformation agenda of improved power supply to every part of the country.
"One transformer was installed in high populated areas to serve Alagbaka, Igbatoro and Oda.
"The second transformer was sited at Ilesha road sub-station and it will boost power supply to Akure Centre Business Area, Federal University of Technology and Igbara -Oke and adjoining towns and villages.''