The Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC), Osogbo Business unit, has called on the Federal Government to establish mobile courts to try energy theft offenders.
The Branding and Communication Manager of IBEDC, Kikelomo Owoeye, stated this in an interview with newsmen on Thursday in Osogbo.
Owoeye said that due to the problem of illegal connection and energy theft, the company could hardly get 30 percent revenue of the energy supplied to customers.
In her words: “We are expected to collect 100 percent of what we have supplied but it is quite unfortunate that we don’t even get 30 percent of what we have distributed to customers for consumption.
“There are different factors affecting this and it has to do mainly with vandalism, illegal connection and energy theft.
“But if the government could provide mobile courts to tackle such issues it will not be out of place rather than trying such cases in the regular courts.
“It takes a long time considering our judiciary system,’’ she said.
She said the government should play its role by empowering discos in prosecuting offenders, adding that this would curb energy theft.
She added that the government needs a strong policy that would make Nigerians see energy theft and vandalism as national sabotage.
Owoeye said if power was stable in the country, there would be economic development.
Aside the challenges of energy theft and vandalism, Owoeye also said that most of the equipment to produce and distribute the required energy where obsolete.
She said, “On our transmission, even if the Gencos generate enough megawatt or gigawatt as the case may be, the equipment at the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) cannot wheel out all the required supply.
“There are challenges on the equipment; most of them are obsolete.
“The issue of power is such that there had been decadence of over 50 years and people want the Discos to turn things around in three years.
“This will require long term patience, sincerity and hard work,” she said.