17 August 2018

Nigeria: Eko DISCO Moves to End 'Crazy' Electricity Bills

Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) says it working towards ending 'crazy billing' meted out to consumers on its network through a project aiming to improve the company's estimated billing system.

A statement from the firm on Thursday indicated that the process was ongoing and will reduce cases of outrageous billing.

In the statement signed by EKEDC's Corporate Communications General Manager, Godwin Idemudia, he explained that the company had included the metering of distribution transformers to its meter roll out plan, stating that so far it has metered 105 units of 500KVA distribution transformers from September 2017 till date and installed 7746 individual meters in 2018 alone.

Idemudia explained that metering the distribution transformers will enable the company to determine the exact amount of energy consumed in an area, and that customers will be billed based on the readings from the meters installed at the transformers.

According to him, the move would bridge metering gap of customers who are yet to have individual meters, adding that, "this is to significantly increase the accuracy of the bills distributed and help the company in its efforts to curb energy theft."

He pleaded with customers yet to be metered to bear with the company, stating that despite its inability to meter all its customers now, all efforts were on to meter all customers within their network.

The EKEDC spokesperson encouraged customers to assist the company in its fight against energy theft and unlawful activities by using its whistle-blowing platforms to reveal or report illegal and unethical activities.

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