Power Distribution Companies Raise Alarm Over Energy Theft

By Tony Nwanne

Electricity distribution companies have cried out over incessant energy theft among consumers, most especially in the rural communitiies.

The distribution companies maintained that billing system remained unchanged, and that billings are based on what was read on the grid.

Adeniyi David, a representative of Eko Distribution Company (EEDC) said during the lunch of a new crime reporting and security-management system targeted at tracking and reporting criminal activities, that bypass of meters was still at an alarming rate in Nigeria.

“Billing is not based on what consumers are consuming. If you see anybody stealing power, know that he is the one causing the problem; energy theft is the problem. Bypassing of meter is still a problem in the country. If people are reporting the theft and vandalism, then the problem will be low,” he said.

In the same vein, the CEO of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), Ernest‎ Mpwaya, noted that the firm had to leverage on technology in order to deliver better services.

He assured that the company would integrate its in-house measure of responding to vandalism of its facilities with the new application, said survival and sustenance of the business was key.

Mpwaya said that the new initiative would provide the firm with additional capacity and visibility to be able to interact with the customers.

The initiative, which involves sending security reports and complaints through Hawk Eye Application, was also intended to reduce the high-level of vandalism of power as well as oil and gas facilities which had negatively impacted the power sector.


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