Customers Express Divergent views on Prepaid Meters

Prepaid meter


   Customers have expressed different views on the on ongoing prepaid metering by the electricity distribution company.

   The customers of Ikeja Electric in Ikorodu, Lagos, in an interview with The Nation, the residents of Omolosho Ilariogun, Ade-Ekun Street,Lasunwon and Ijede town said while some of them preferred the prepaid meters, others  do not. Rather, they want the analog meters or estimation billing.

   One of the customers, Lawal Azeez of 14 Omolosho Ilariogun, said “with prepaid meter, I have become very conscious, any electronic or electrical device that uses power is switched off once no one is making use of it. When we are in the sitting room, I ensure all the lights in the other rooms are switched. I don’t switch on the security light when it is not very useful.

 “With the meter, I’m sure I don’t pay for power that I didn’t use unlike in the past when we were given billed even if there was no supply”

Analog meter

   Another customer, Sola Anthony of 12 Ilariogun Street, also added that “the new meter is better than the estimation that we use to receive before. I no longer pay for what l don’t use. Whether there is light or not, l pay for whatever l use but the tariff is too high. May be they can help us reduce it. They should help us to improve on the supply,”

   According to one madam Modupe,“This new meter is making us pay more than double of what I used to pay. Before we don’t pay more than N1,500 in a month, but now I recharge with N4000 and within three weeks, it is finished despite that I don’t use hot plate again. If it is possible, I would have asked them (distribution company) to come and take their meter.”

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