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Labour calls for implementation of free meter policy

08 August 2012, 11:26

Lagos -   Labour leaders on Tuesday urged the Federal Government to implement the free prepaid meter policy to enable electricity consumers enjoy better service.

The labour leaders, who told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos observed that inadequate electricity supply was hampering the nation's economic growth.

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) had in May announced that the new policy would enable consumers obtain and maintain prepaid meters free-of- charge. 

Mr Bede Opara, President, Senior Staff Association of Electricity and Allied Companies (SSAEAC), said that the policy would improve electricity service.

``The target is to improve service because consumers usually complain that they were receiving bills without their meters being read,” Opara said.

The SSAEAC leader explained that the cost of the meter and the connection fees were imbedded in the new electricity tariff regime which took off on June 1.

Also speaking, Mr Solomon Onaghinon, the General Secretary, Association of Senior Civil Servants of Nigeria (ASCSN), while commending the policy, expressed worry that the policy was yet to take off two months after its announcement.

``Our worry is that policies are not being implemented in this country.  I appeal to the Federal Government to start fixing the power sector to reduce the suffering of people.

``If the NERC is going to implement the free meter policy, we will be happy. Electricity issue is slowing the progress of development of the country. We have never gone beyond 4, 000 megawatts in the last one decade,” Onaghinon said.

He added that provision of prepaid meters to consumers would reduce the problem of indebtedness to the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) as consumers who recharged their cards would get electricity.



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