The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) said that the company had commenced the installation of pre-paid meters in Umuahia district.
The Communication Officer of the company, Mrs Cynthia Chude, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday that six pre-paid meters had so far been installed for consumers in the district.
She said that a list of at least 200 applicants was approved for the second batch of the exercise in the district.
Chude said the process of the installation began early in the year with the distribution of subscription forms to the customers.
She said that the process was stalled after a cross-section of the consumers protested to the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) that the meters ought to be free.
The communication officer said that the smart card meters were free and described the subscription fees payable by prospective customers as `loan’ to the company.
In her words, “Customers will be repaid the amount they paid to acquire the facility within 36 months after installation, in addition to 12 percent interest.
She added, “As you recharge, we give you more units until the money paid to acquire the meter is fully repaid.”
She said that a single-phase meter costs N39,375 while the three-phase category goes for N68,901.
Chude said that the district had enough supply of the meters and that installation would be effected 45 days after payment. She said that the meter would put an end to estimated bills.