Mr Peter Ewesor, Managing Director, Nigerian Electricity Service Agency (NEMSA), has advised consumers on the need to conserve energy. He stated that Nigerians must learn how to conserve energy in their homes to effectively minimize their electricity bills. He also spoke on the latest trend customers have adopted in blaming the functionality of their meters when they had actually consumed billed units.
Ewesor noted that meters being installed by Distribution Companies (DISCOs) passed accuracy and compatibility tests administered by NEMSA before installation. The test is normally carried out to ascertain the functionality of these meters in order to avoid cases of costumers being cheated by their distribution companies and vice versa. The managing director said that the agency had facilities to carry out required tests to declare that a meter was fit and proper for use in Nigeria.
“When there are complains of meter overrunning by consumers, the agency sends its officials out to verify such complaints. After installation, we deploy our men to go out there and check if the installations are properly done. When it is wrongly connected, the meters will read wrongly. We do follow up check to make sure that meters installed in the country are certified,” he said
Ewesor said some consumers who had been on five hours electricity supply before now, have had their supply increased to 10 to 18 hours daily due to increase in power generation.
“Since power supply has increased, consumers have to pay more for the supply. Maybe a consumer who was paying N3,000 monthly before now, has to triple the payment. But Nigeria consumers will still want to pay the same amount he used to pay when the power generation was low; this is wrong calculation. This is why every consumer has to do energy management or conservation in his house when electricity supply has improved so that he or she can pay less,” he said.
He said that the test stations in NEMSA in Lagos, Kaduna and Port Harcourt ensured that meters deployed to homes and companies by DISCOs meets requirements. The managing director said however that any installer found wanting in the discharge of his duty would forfeit his certificate.