28 April 2014, Lagos – In line with the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) directive to power firms to provide metering plans and further reduce charges imposed on consumers, the management of the 11 power Distribution Companies (DISCOs) are fashioning out modalities to stop estimated billings and further ensure that consumers pay fair prices.
The General Manager, Customer Services, Ikeja Electricity Distribution Companies (IKEDC), Ms Olubukola Ojuronpe, said the firms have, as part of their growth plans, want estimated bills to be stopped soon.
Ojuronpe said each of the firms have expressed displeasure at the poor metering system in the country, and are ready to put a stop to huge charges.
She said: “The new owners are angry with estimated billing. They do not want to see anything estimated billing again. They frown at the development, and want to put a stop to it to enable consumers have confidence in the system. They also share in the pains experienced by consumers at all levels.
“KEPCO, the Korea-based technical partners to Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company would bring in meters in May 2014. The meters are going to be cost-effective and better, and would be given to as many consumers as possible. This is our own way of stopping estimated billing and further makes consumers to pay the right price.’’
According to her, the movement from the state-owned electricity corporation to privately run power institutions ensures that good, efficient and cheaper services are provided to consumers to gain their confidence.
‘’Before, contractors are supplying meters on behalf of the government. But now, there is a paradigm shift from government to private companies’ electricity management system. Based on this, consumers must be treated fairly to encourage the industry’s growth,” she added.
She said the new power investors are not happy with the developments in the sector, urging consumers to be patient with them. Power, she said, would improve as Ministry of Power, NERC, Chief Executive officers of the power firms and other stakeholders are meeting to proffer solution to the lingering power problems.