Friday, January 16, 2015

FG to Provide 1 Million Pre-paid Meters for Electricity Customers

Prepaid Meters

I have no prepaid meter and the area where I live has not received prepaid meters from the distribution company...

FG To End DISCOs Exploitation of Consumers

In a bid to reduce the number of unmetered electricity consumers exposed to excessive estimated billing, the federal government has disclosed that it will provide one million pre-paid electricity meters for distribution in the coming months, the minister of power, Chinedu Nebo, has said.

Nebo, who disclosed this at a town-hall meeting in Abuja, yesterday, said that the gesture was part of efforts to end estimated billing served consumers by the various electricity distribution companies (Discos).

He revealed that government still owns 40 per cent equity in the privatised power sector companies and reiterated government’s determination to ensure that consumers are billed for energy consumed.
With about 50 per cent of consumers still unmetered, Nebo said, government will continue to insist that discos provide meters for customers.

“The problem is if you have no meters you are subject to estimated billing. That’s why some people may not even be happy to give you meters. But we think we should continue to insist that every consumer must be metered. When government kick starts the massive deployment of meters, estimated billing will stop,” Nebo said.

Source: Leadership

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