Consumer Rights Advancement Organisation (CRADO), the umbrella body for consumer groups have expressed worry over the current dilapidating state of the Discos. Speaking through its president, Chief Deolu Ogunbanjo, who was commenting on the state of Nigeria’s power sector and the arguments being put forth by Discos, said although some conditions were hidden in the sale contracts to DisCos, their attitude over the years had shown some sort of insincerity.
One of the arguments he put forth was that the Discos wanting to make profit from the Cash Advance Payment for Metering Initiative (CAPMI) is absurd, “In fact, DisCos should ensure they don’t make any profit from metering but they were not sincerely with CAPMI. Also, the love for estimated billing for consumers was another area the DisCos got it wrong. They were not sincere because they wanted to continue with estimated billing,” he said.
The CRADO President reiterated that the gross indiscipline seen in the electricity value chain, especially with regard to energy theft, is largely due to compromise on the side of power sector workers, who capitalize on the weakness of the system to perpetrate unruly acts. “The DisCos should find a way to manage their challenges,” he stressed. The President, Consumer Advocacy Foundation of Nigeria (CAFON) and member, Lagos State Consumer Protection Council Board, Sola Salako-Ajulo, while lending her voice to her sister group said every party involved in the transfer of ownership of the distribution arm of the value chain to the DisCos, should be held responsible for the current setback in the sector.
“It is unfortunate that the power firms are not looking at the areas where they are violating the rights of consumers. Consumers are being exploited and frustrated on daily basis in their relationships with the DisCos. People are forced to pay far more than what they consume'” she said.