25th October, 2010
Electricity consumers have urged the Federal Government to investigate the delay inÂ the supply of pre-paid meters by the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN).
In separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Sunday in Lagos,Â some consumers said the pre-paid meters had yet to be installed in their homes moreÂ than six months after they had paid for the facility.
The consumers, who said they wholeheartedly embraced the introduction of pre-paidÂ meters for effective billing, expressed frustration at the development.
One of them, Mr. Ogunsanwo Abiodun, a resident of Palmgrove Estate, told NAN that heÂ paid N22,500 to PHCN for a single phase pre-paid meter in November last year but hadÂ yet to get the facility.
“It is really annoying that after paying such a huge amount for pre-paid meter, weÂ still have to run after PHCN officials to install it.
“There is need for government to find lasting solution to the lingering crisis ofÂ pre-paid meters,â€™â€™ Abiodun said.
Mr. Jola Ogunlusi, President, Festac Town Resident Association (FTRA,) urgedÂ government to outsource pre-paid meter installation to the private sector in orderÂ to serve public interest.