The management of Eko Electricity Distribution Company Plc (EKEDC) has placed stringent measures to deter customers from tampering with their pre-paid meters and vandalism of equipment. Mr Adeoye Fadeyibi, the Chief Executive Officer of the company gave warnings to customers to desist from tempering with their meters or face the consequences.
The EKEDC boss, Mr Adeoye Fadeyibi said that it cost the company huge amount to replace vandalised equipment and damaged meters by customers in a bid to bypass the meters. According to him, a task force has been set up to inspect houses of consumers and impose a penalty of one million naira on anyone caught in energy theft.
”The company will not hesitate to offer to pay anyone who reports energy theft by some unscrupulous elements 10 per cent of the money recovered from such thefts. The company would henceforth commence effective prosecution of energy theft suspects and also publish their names in the national dailies. 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 advise customers to exercise little patience with EKEDC as we promise to address all the issues regarding billings , metering and other challenges.”
The stance of the CEO was further reiterated by Mr Joseph Esenwa, the Chief Finance Officer of the company at a customer’s consultative town hall meeting in Badagry, Lagos. He decried the high rate of energy theft, non-payment of amount billed and equipment vandalism within the communities.
According to him, any act of infraction will be met with a stiff penalty. Enough is enough; Eko Disco will no longer tolerate this act of illegal tampering of our equipment and electrical installations.
“Tampering with Eko Disco meters, installations, distribution lines, equipment or assault on any field worker will attract a jail term. The management of EKEDC will no longer handle these actions with kid gloves; this is no empty threat. If you disregard this warning, you do so at your own risk,” he said.