PHCN officials sell free prepaid meters for N40, 000 – Analyst

Channels Television  
Updated September 24, 2012

A public affairs commentator, Paul Utho on Monday said the system of estimated billing and irregular metering is still the bane in the distribution of electricity in Nigeria after several months of proposing reforms in the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN).

Speaking as a guest on Channels Television’s programme, Sunrise Daily, Mr Utho said though the Chairman of the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Sam Amadi had announced that the prepaid meters were to be distributed free, officials of PHCN collect as much as N40, 000 for the meters.

“Meters are no longer to be paid for by customers… Please, refuse to pay for meters and report anyone who asks or collects money for meter to the NERC and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC),” Mr Amadi had said a recent e-conference organised by Spaces for Change.

Mr Utho however said: “People are still paying N25, 000 for single phased meters, minus the N25, 000, you have to pay N10, 000 for connection and you have to pay N5, 000 for documentation that is N40, 000 in all.”

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