The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) has lamented that the companys loses about N1.9 billion every month due to Energy theft. The news was made known by the Head of Communications (EEDC), Mr Chukwuemeka Ezeh , who expressed serious concern over the complicated situation in Awka on Sunday.
He said that the situation posed a serious challenge to the company’s commitment to efficient service delivery and profitability while explaining that energy theft occurred when customers bypassed the meter in their buildings thereby disconnecting such buildings and businesses from the EEDC network.
“Energy theft is a big challenge to the business; it accounts for monthly revenue loss of about N1.9 billion.
“This comes by way of meter bypass and activity of some people in the society engaging in hooking up of wire onto our network to steal electricity,” he said.
Mr Ezeh said however that the company had set up a taskforce to fish out those involved in the criminal act for appropriate sanction noting that the debt being owed by its electricity consumers is above N80 billion.
“Our cumulative debt profile is well over N80 billion; this includes shortfalls of unpaid bills by customers as well as the interest we have paid to our bank for these shortfalls.,” he said.
Also commenting on the issue of billing, Mr Ezeh urged customers in Awka who had objections to their bills, especially between January and February when there was an outage for some weeks, to lodge their complaints properly instead of grumbling.
He explained that despite the restoration of the faulty transmission station in Awka, power was still being rationed in the state because of the quantum of energy received from the national grid.
“At our last engagement with our customers, we informed them that they will not be billed for the period they did not have supply.
“It is important to also note that supply was given to customers in the affected area in Awka for 11 days in the month of January, and those days of supply will definitely be paid for.
“It is equally important that some customers with outstanding balances should know that even when they are out of supply, bills will still be presented to them.
“Customers should understand that we are only a distribution company; we cannot give what we don’t have and we can only distribute our own allocation of the generated energy.
“At the moment we only get nine percent of total energy generated in the country,” he said.