The federal government has ordered Electricity distribution companies in the country to henceforth eliminate estimated electricity bills in the power sector. The directive became important following the number of complaintscoming from electricity consumerson irregular metering.
In a press briefing in Abuja, the minister of power, works and housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola said this directive is part of fresh policy of the power ministry to serve the people better.
Meanwhile, the Edo state civil society organisation has applauded the directive by the Federal Government, The Public Relations Officer of the CSOs, Mr Osazee Edigin, while reacting the directive, said on Tuesday that estimated billing was an act of extortion that must be criminalised.
“The recent directive by the Federal Government to the Discos to meter their customers is commendable if it will be carried out to the letter. It is no longer news that electricity consumers have been complaining of estimated billing by the distribution companies over the years and it seems that the government was not aware of it until recently,” Edigin stated.
He, however, expressed concern over the statement credited to Fashola that NERC should ensure that the Discos and Meter Asset Providers made meters available to customers, noting that it could be political.
He added, “The minister, at a public hearing on the bill to criminalise estimated billing and related matters in the House of Representatives organised by the Committee on Power, did say emphatically that metering is not the core responsibility of the Discos.
“One will be forced to ask why he is pushing for customers’ metering at this point in time. It is the greatest expectation of the masses that this is not one of the political statements to garner sympathy ahead of the 2019 elections.”