Enact laws on effective metering, electricity consumers urge NASS

Stakeholders have advised the National Assembly enact laws on effective metering system to save electricity consumers from continuous exploitation through arbitrary billing. They made the observation on Wednesday in Lagos at the ongoing public hearing by the House of Representatives Ad-hoc Committee on customers’ complaints for electricity consumers in South-West Zone. Dr Amos Awoniyi, a customer from Lekki area of Lagos, urged the House Committee to enact laws that would enforce effective metering system among distribution companies to reduce estimated billing. Awoniyi urged other distribution companies to adopt EKEDC metering…

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KEDCO loses N187m to vandals in 1 month

The Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) said it has lost its power installations worth N187 million to vandals, in the last one month. The Managing Director of the company, Dr Jamilu Gwamna,  made the disclosure at a one-day stakeholders meeting the state traditional and religious leaders in Kano, on Wednesday. TBI Africa reports that the meeting was convened by KEDCO to enlighten customers on the importance of paying electricity bills. He said the activities of vandals had negatively affected the operations of the company, leading to poor service delivery to…

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Power: Alimosho residents condemn “crazy bills”, threaten protests

Residents of Alimosho area of Lagos State on Monday expressed worry over “crazy bills” given to them by Ikeja Electric (IE), with many of them seeking explanations at the Egbeda Undertaking Office of the company on Alimosho Road, in the locality. TBI Africa correspondent who was at the office reports that many of the residents came forward with complaints of “crazy bills“, alleging that it was getting worse with some reflecting as much as 300 per cent increase in March. Mr Dayo Ali, one of the aggrieved customers, said that…

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TCN commissions 60MVAR capacitor bank to improve electricity voltage in FCT

The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), has commissioned a 60MVAR Capacitor Bank at the Apo 132/33Kv substation to improve quality and voltage of electricity supply to consumers in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT). The Minster of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, said at the commissioning of the project on Thursday that it would improve quality of power in terms of voltage to some communities in the FCT. He listed the communities to include Apo, Guzape, Garki, Lugbe, Asokoro, and some parts of Central Area. Fashola said the provision…

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N-Power: Group wants FG to offer permanent appointment to beneficiaries

Buhari/Osinbajo solidarity Forum, an NGO fronting for re-election of President Buhari and Osinbajo towards better Nigeria, has called on the Federal Government to offer permanent and pensionable appointment to N-Power beneficiaries in the country. Malam Mahmood Jalo, Secretary Gombe State Chapter of the forum, made the appeal in Gombe on Wednesday in a news briefing organised by N-Power beneficiaries in Gombe on the success of the programme. He said the programme had impacted positively in many sectors of the economy particularly education, health and agriculture. He said in the area…

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Sokoto lawmakers decry poor electricity to consumers

The Sokoto State House of Assembly on Wednesday decried what it described as `unfair treatment’ of electricity consumers in the state. This followed a motion on Matter of Urgent Public Importance by Alhaji Malami Galadanchi (APC- Sokoto North I) and seconded by Alhaji Ibrahim Gidado (APC- Sokoto South I). Galadanchi said that the motion was to defend the interest of electricity consumers in the state. “People of Sokoto state are not happy with the way Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) is treating consumers in the state in terms of electricity…

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Eko Disco reads riot act to electricity thieves

Eko Electricity Distribution Company Plc (EKEDC) has warned electricity customers to desist from tampering with pre-paid meters or face grave consequences. The Chief Executive Officer, EKEDC, Adeoye Fadeyibi, gave the warning at a customer consultative town hall meeting in Lagos. Fadeyibi, who was represented by his Chief Finance Officer, Joseph Esenwa, decried the high rate of energy theft and non-payment of bills by customers within the network. He said the town hall became necessary to intimate customers within the Badagry network on the high rate of energy theft and equipment…

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BPE defends sale of electricity assets

The Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE), said integrity and transparency were not compromised during the sale of electricity assets in the country. The Director-General, BPE, Alex Okoh, said the criticism that trailed the privatisation of the power companies, and the lessons learnt in the exercise would be applied to set a standard for fresh privatisation transactions. According to him, transparency and professionalism are key to all the Bureau’s transactions, while reiterating the Bureau’s resolve not to compromise on transparency and integrity in the sale and management of public assets in…

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EEDC urges customers to embrace smart prepaid meters

*Wants FG to settle N4.4bn debts owed by its MDAs The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) has blamed the rejection of smart prepaid meters by some customers on ignorance. Head of Communication of EEDC, Mr Emeka Eze, expressed the view at a forum organised by the company for its customers in Ekwulobia Business District in Oko, Orumba North Local Government Area of Anambra State. He said using prepaid meter enables a customer to pay for the exact amount of energy consumed. Eze said the EEDC issues prepaid meters free of…

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TCN, NDPHC to inaugurate 190 transmission, distribution projects

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, on Monday announced that the Transmission Company of Nigeria and the Niger Delta Power Holding Company were set to inaugurate over 190 electricity transmission and distribution projects across the country in few weeks’ time. According to him, the Federal Government is investing in the expansion of the transmission capacity through the TCN by building more substations and expanding existing ones. “At the moment, there are over 90 TCN projects for transmission expansion, which the TCN will be inaugurating nationwide in the…

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