31st May, 2012
The Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company on Wednesday said it had started mass installation of pre-paid meters to customers within the zone.
Mr. Chris Akamnonu, the Chief Executive officer of the company, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that more than 61,000 pre-paid meters had been installed in the last one year.
He said that the zone had also increased the number of pre-paid meters distributed monthly from 3,000 to 7,000 to ensure that every home had meter within the stipulated time frame.
Akamnonu said that problems associated with the distribution of pre-paid meter were enormous, but that the company was making all efforts to find lasting solution to them.
“We have started massive deployment of pre-paid meters to various categories of customers within our network to ease our job.
“We have assured our customers of immediate installation of meter to their homes when all payments are made,” he said.
He told NAN that the pre-paid meters would address the problem of “crazy bills” and also ensure that consumers only paid for services rendered.
The chief executive said that the zone had set up a team to monitor the use of pre-paid meters to check abuses and attend to complaints from consumers.
He, however, expressed regret that the new system was facing some challenges.
According to him, some consumers are paying connection fees to houses that have not been completed, while some unscrupulous customers are deliberately connecting directly, thus by-passing the meter.
Akamnonu solicited the support of the law enforcement agencies to stem this practice.
On the new electricity tariff, the CEO said that the new tariff regime was not meant to inflict pains on Nigerians, but to favour the rural dwellers and the urban poor.
He said that the new tariff structure would encourage customers to learn how to conserve energy.
Akamnonu said that the ministry of power had finalised arrangement to distribute energy saving bulbs to customers free and which would be launched in June.