NERC Officials made it known in Abuja that some power distributors had started deploying meter bypass trackers in order to reveal culprits and have them punished.
The Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) , Engr Ernest Mupwaya, confirmed the development at event organised by the company to inaugurate some of its newly acquired technical equipment.
He said, “On the issue of meter bypass, I don’t want to share (this), but we do have a technology to detect it. For example, all our large power customers, for the majority of them, we are monitoring them online using automatic meter reading facilities that we have installed.
“And every day, unfortunately, we are seeing meter bypass live and we are taking punitive interventions in terms of revealing them (defaulters) and surcharging them. So, for large power users, the monitoring is online. Let me just categorically say that they should not even attempt, it, because they will be caught.”
Following up on the complaints of electricity consumers about meters that read so fast, Mupwaya stated that the Disco had acquired facilities to address the concern in its areas of operation.
He said, “Some customers complain that their meters are running too fast and as a result, we have got portable meters that can be used for testing when hooked up with existing meters. When this is done, within few minutes we can detect whether our meter is faulty or not.
“That equipment can also be used to make corrections where customers believe estimated billing is high. At such instances, we can put a meter there temporarily and it will give us information that will make us adjust the estimated billing. So it is equipment that can be used for various purposes.”
Given this update, Power consumers who bypass their meters could face financial sanctions ranging from N50,000 to N450,000, so all power consumers are hereby advised to avoid such illegal practices and follow the rules as the law abiding patriotic Nigerian citizens that we are.