The Electricity Distribution Companies (Discos) in Nigeria have raised alarm over what it described as rampant energy theft among consumers, especially in rural communities.
The DISCOS also denied extortion in the electricity billing system, noting that consumers were billed based on what was read on the grid.
Adeniyi David, the representative of Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC), disclosed this while speaking at the launch of a new crime reporting and security management system targeted at tracking and reporting criminal activities, noted that bypass of meters was still at an alarming rate in Nigeria.
In his words: “Billing is not based on what consumers are consuming. If you see anybody stealing power, know that he is the one causing the problem; energy theft is the problem. Bypassing of the meter is still a problem in the country. If people are reporting the theft and vandalism, then the problem will be low.”
Also, the CEO of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), Ernest Mpwaya, noted that the company had to leverage technology in order to deliver better services.
He assured that the company would integrate its in-house measure of responding to vandalism of its facilities with the new application, said survival and sustenance of the business were key.
Mpwaya said that the new initiative would provide the firm with additional capacity and visibility to be able to interact with the customers.
The initiative, which involves sending security reports and complaints through Hawk Eye Application, was also intended to reduce the high-level of vandalism of power as well as oil and gas facilities which had negatively impacted the power sector.