The Chief Executive Officer of EKEDCP, Mr Oladele Amoda, announced the company will be offering whistleblowers 20% of the returns recovered from any electricity crime they report. The CEO said this at a stakeholders’ forum with Festac Town residents in Lagos on Friday.
Speaking on behalf of the CEO, the Chief Operating Officer (COO), Mr Sam Nwaire, said the measure became necessary in the light of the distribution company’s loss of over N1billion to various forms of electricity theft and vandalism in its franchise areas.
He said a task force has been assigned to investigate customers and bring electricity thieves to like. These cculprits are to be fined a sum of N1 million if caught.
“We appeal to our customers to avoid engaging in bye-passing the meters because it’s criminal and punishable under Electricity Regulation Code of Conduct Act.
“l will advise customers to exercise patience with EKEDCP as we promise to address all the issues as regards estimated billing and other challenges.”
He added that;
“We have deployed the first phase of 1,000 meters to residents of Festac, we promised to install over 4,000 meters before the year ends.
“We will ensure effective roll-out of pre-paid meters to residents of Festac, Satellite Town, Amuwo and its environs because we are committed to serving our customers very well.
“We appeal to residents to place orders for the meters and it will be installed. Most residents prefer to pay little bills because they are cheating the company through bye-passing of meters.”