Nigerians nationwide have expressed their displeasure over the estimated billing practice of the electricity distribution companies. In their rendition, they claim that the estimated billing is not in any form commensurate to the power supplied to their premises.
They claim that despite the worsening volume of power supplied, electricity bills are still on the high side. Some of the aggrieved individuals alleged that the DisCos bill them during the period of darkness, because the DisCos determine what consumers have to pay them monthly with no clear criteria for measuring or calculating individual’s consumption.
Reports from investigations showed that Nigeria is among the few countries worldwide still practicing estimated billing.
DisCos Call For Stiffer Legal Sanctions On All Forms Of Power Theft
The 11 Power Distribution Companies (DisCos) under the aegis of the Association of Nigeria Electricity Distribution (ANED) have called on the relevant authorities to enact stiffer sanctions on the illicit act of power theft and meter bypass as well as electrical installations vandalism. This they said would help reduce the power sector shortfalls.
This call was made by the ANED Director of Advocacy and Research, Barrister Sunday Oduntan in Abuja at the weekend. It is said that over 40 per cent is lost on monthly basis, to the menace adding that this has continued to contribute to the financial crisis in the value chain.
Imminent Darkness Looms As DisCos Shortfall In Revenue Hits N1.1trillion
The impending collapse of the distribution arm of the power sector value chain is drawing nigh. This is as a result of the high amount of debts owed by the DisCos. The shortfall in revenue of the 11 electricity distribution companies has risen to N1.1 trillion.
This huge indebtedness was disclosed by the Group Finance Officer of Sahara Power Group, owners of Egbin Power and Ikeja Electric, Mr. Aigbe Olotu, at the Sahara Power Roundtable held in Lagos. Olotu, while faulting the N800 billon indebtedness to the Discos being bandied around said the figure was a far cry from the current debt profile of N1.1 trillion, adding that monthly revenue shortfall to the Discos is N30 billion.
Electricity: Group Supports Bill Criminalising Estimated Billing
A group of Nigerians under the aegis of the Coalition for Affordable and Regular Electricity (CARE) has appealed to the National House of Assembly to expedite actions geared at criminalizing estimated billing in the electricity sub-sector.
This stance was issued in a statement by Mr Chinedu Bosah, Coordinator of the group. The group accused Mr. Dafe Akpeneye, a commissioner in the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) of alleged criminal conspiracy. He claimed that the conspiracy is evident by Mr. Dafe’s opposition to the criminalising of estimated billing.
Yola Disco To Distribute Electricity In Niger Republic
The only power distribution company that is owned and currently being run by the Federal Government is planning to distribute electricity to customers in Niger Republic.
It was learnt that the Yola Electricity Distribution Company, the only Disco being managed by the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, is working with the power utility company in Niger Republic to distribute electricity from Damasak in Nigeria to customers in the neighbouring country.