Lagos - The management of EKO Electricity Distribution
Company Plc (EKEDCP) on Thursday said it would soon publish the names of energy
theft customers within its network.
Oladele Amoda, the DISCO Chief Executive Officer, told the
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the company was losing over 30 per
cent revenue to energy theft monthly.
Amoda said it was surprising that educated customers
constituted the bulk of energy thieves within its network.
He said that they were supposed to understand the essence of
paying for electricity consumed, but instead, they engaged in stealing
According to him, most of the energy theft customers caught
stealing energy without paying were elites living in enlightened areas of our
“We are going to start publishing the names of energy theft
customers within our operations in the dailies.
“Most customers caught engaging in energy theft live in
lkoyi, Lekki, Victoria Island and most highbrow areas,” he said.
Amoda said that some of them engaged in by-passing of
meters, reconnection without payment and tempering with meters among other
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He said that activities of the energy thieves and vandalism
within its network cost the company over N1 billion monthly.
“In order to monitor our network effectively for fault
detection, clearance and track energy theft, the company has awarded contract
to automate the network.
“We have introduced specialist software to be used for the
supervisory control and data acquisition of customers and faults.
“This is an industrial automation control system at the core
of many modern industries to track defaulters and clear technical issues within
the network,” he said.
Amoda also said that the company had awarded contract to
enumerate customers within the network and to bring in new ones.
He said that though, the exercise would be carried out in
phases, every area would be covered at the end.
Amoda said that officials of the company had already
embarked on a house-to-house inspection in designated locations for the
commencement of the exercise.
He urged to customers to cooperate with the duly identified
The EKEDCP chief reiterated the company’s commitment to
promoting cordial relationship between it and its customers through prompt
attendance to all complaints and grievances by customers.
He said that every area and community was vital to the
attainment of the company’s corporate goal.
Amoda lauded Lagos State Government for providing assistance
in various forms to the company, and for the offer of land to construct
injection substation for a combined capacity of over 140 megawatts.
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