27 November 2012

Nigeria: PHCN Cautions Consumers Against Prepaid Meter By Passing

The Business Unit of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), Gwagwalada on Tuesday cautioned consumers against by passing of prepaid metres to avoid sanction.

The Business Manager of the unit, Mr Aminu Bello made this known in Gwagwalada at a Consumer Consultative Council meeting organised by the unit.

Bello said that the warning became necessary following the discovery of some sharp practices in the installation of prepaid metres in the area.

He said that the unit was carrying out investigations in the area to fish out consumers who had by passed their prepared metres.

He added that any consumer found guilty of the offence would be prosecuted.

The business manager, however, commended consumers for their support in the protection of PHCN installations in the area.

"As I talk to you, no vandalism was recorded in this unit since the beginning of the third quarter of this year and this would not have been possible without your support," he said.

He urged consumers to remain steadfast in the protection of power installations, adding that PHCN was doing its best to ensure improved power supply to the area.

Bello also said that consumers in the area owed PHCN an outstanding debt of N800 million and called for prompt payment to enable the company serve them better.

Some of the participants commended PHCN on improved power supply and pledged to continue to offer necessary support in the protection of its facilities.

Mr Ayeni Adebayo urged the company to ensure prompt response to consumers' complaints.

Adebayo also called on staff of PHCN to put in place a monitoring team to ensure that no consumer by passed the prepaid metres.

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