The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, said that only Distribution Companies (DISCOs) are authorised to sell and install transformers and other power equipment, thereby warning the general public to desist from purchasing from other sources.
Fashola stated this while he received the MD/CEO of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), Mr Ernest Mupwaya, in Abuja on Thursday.
He noted that government is working on the total elimination of fake and sub–standard transformers that come into Nigeria without appropriate certification.
According to him, the major challenges facing power sector are man-made, which he believes would be resolved in no distant time.
He said the government was working to ascertain the authenticity of the claim for non-payment of electricity bills by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) before making the backlog of payments.
The minister called on the DISCOs to focus their strengths on sensitising consumers on the need to save energy by habitually putting off electrical gadgets and appliances, when not in use as well as improving on their customer relation and building customers’ confidence through quality service delivery strategy.
The AEDC boss, Mr Mupwaya said the company is “fully committed to making their customers happy through the regular supply of electricity to their homes and business places in a safe and affordable manner”, adding that the company has installed Network capacity of about 870MW above 650MW peak power received across its franchise area.
He noted that over 45 percent (359,969) of the total customers (876,520) have been metered, assuring that all commercial customers will be metered by December 2016, while residential customers will all be metered before the end of the first quarter of 2017.