Power Minister Tasks Discos On Aggressive Customers’ Metering

babatunde-fashola-power-works-and-housingNigeria’s Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, has asked electricity distribution companies to improve customers experience by eliminating estimated billing by rolling out aggressively, smart meters.

The charge was read at a monthly meeting of all industry players held in Lagos.

Most Nigerian homes have not been issued the prepaid meter. Every month, they receive estimated bills that see them, most times, paying higher than what they consume.

“Without the customer and consumer there is no business and I think all of us in public and private sector must understand that.

“If you don’t have the skill and patience to serve, leave” he advised.

Among other resolutions reached at the meeting, which was the 11th in the series, was the need for all government agencies indebted to the Discos to pay up.

They also resolved to complete and submit all outstanding audited financial accounts of all operators before the next meeting in order to improve transparency within the sector.

To improve the power situation in Lagos State, however, Mr Fashola said that there were 14 projects for transmission, with one in the State capital, Ikeja, still undergoing expansion to respond to the growing population needs.

Nigeria requires over 100,000 megawatts of electricity but the nation is barely rationing less than 5,000 megawatts for a population of over 160 million people.

However, capacity lost to the blowing up of pipelines in the oil-rich nation’s south-south is 3,000 megawatts and if that is added to the current production, Nigeria will have at least 7,000 megawatts of electricity.

Industrialists have always identified lack of steady power as one major challenge in setting up a business in the nation with huge potential, considering its growing population.

Payment Of Electricity Bills Will Sustain Supply – DISCO

Kolawole-AdeshinaAn Electricity Distribution Company (DISCO) in Lagos State has stressed that except consumers pay for energy they consume, it would be extremely difficult to sustain supply of electricity.

Addressing reporters on Monday, the Chief Executive of Egbin Power Plant, Kolawole Adeshina, said it would be difficult for distribution companies to survive if consumers without prepaid meter were asked not to pay their bills.

Checkmate Energy Theft

Mr Adeshina assured consumers of a massive roll out of repaid meter numbering over 300,000, which he said would help the distribution companies (DISCO) checkmate energy theft.

“We have signed a metering contract of 106 million dollars. For a company that has not been paid and you are signing a metering contract, invariably, you expect to be paid.

“You are now saying that if those metres are not in place, which can’t be in place in one day, that payments will not be made. It cannot work and our system will fail,” the Egbin Power Plant Chief Executive stated.

He, however, told reporters that he was against inefficient and estimated billing of electricity consumers, a development that had led to some consumer’s refusal to pay their bills.

“I do not want and I don’t subscribe to people inefficiently being billed.

“No! You should not be billed beyond the power you have consumed because it is equally not right,” he stressed.