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Power firms warned against "cheating"

14 October 2013, 12:00

Lagos - The Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Council (NERC) has cautioned owners of power distribution companies against sending miscalculated bills to consumers.

NERC Chairman Dr Sam Amadi, said to avoid a recurrence of such incidents, the new power distribution firms must provide all electricity consumers with metres when they take over from the Power Holding Company of Nigeria.

“The new PHCN successor companies should see metering of all their customers immediately they take over ownership of the PHCN companies as their major priority to avoid bills estimation,” he said.

Amadi said power firms often “cheated” their customers whenever they estimated electricity consumption bills.

He emphasised that the Federal Government would not condone such practices henceforth.

The NERC executive explained that in the new power reform agenda, both the accounts of the distribution companies and their customers should be balanced and maintained.

He noted that one of the concerns of the commission was to ensure that the rights of the distribution companies and their customers were not tampered with.

He stressed that one of the rights was to meter electricity consumers.

According to Amadi, metering all electricity consumers would assist the customers to effectively monitor their energy usage as well as enable the distribution firms to determine their revenue.

He stressed that the firms would know the exact number of customers they had when all power consumers were metered.
Amadi said the commission would need to reach an agreement with the companies on how long it would take the power firms to ensure that all their customers were metered.

– CAJ News


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