Oscarline Onwuemenyi 18 April 2015, Sweetcrude, Abuja – The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) yesterday issued the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) notice of enforcement action over what it described as ‘manifest and flagrant breaches’ of approved methodology for estimated billing of electricity consumers.
The agency has in recent times faced a flurry of complaints over the excessive and unwarranted billing techniques by the distribution company of its customers.
In the notice, it directed Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) to explain within seven days why “enforcement action should not be taken against you and sanctions meted accordingly for non-compliance with the terms and conditions of the licence granted you, the Methodology for Estimated Billing 2012 and directives to submit a comprehensive data used for the billing of unmetered customers” for the period under review.
Its Head, Public Affairs Department, Dr. Usman Abba Arabi in a statement yesterday, said the notice is a follow up to previous investigations and forensic observations of electricity distribution companies’ operations through which an unusual increases in estimated billings of electricity consumers were observed within the last quarter of last year by NERC.
AEDC and some others were subsequently invited for explanation for the unusual increase in estimated billings.