The Metering Committee set up by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has uncovered high degree of estimated billing due to the existence of metering gap.
The committee under the Chairmanship of renowned human rights lawyer, Bamidele Aturu, was set up by the Chairman of NERC, Dr. Sam Amadi, to check the cases of illegal billing and metering inefficiency in the electricity sector.
Findings by the committee has revealed that the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) is being inundated with accusations stemming from high degree of estimated billing due to a very wide metering gap.
So far, this finding has been prevalent across the four geo-political zones where the committee has conducted public hearing on metering, LEADERSHIP has learnt.
The Metering Committee’s hearing which was designed to hold in all the geo-political zones of the country kick-started in Lagos, followed by Enugu, and Port Harcourt. Hearings have also been held in Adamawa and Kaduna States. This according to the panel was necessary to enable it get first hand information from electricity consumers.
The last round of the public hearing, LEADERSHIP learnt is slated for Makurdi, Benue State tomorrow, while the grand finale is set to take place in Abuja on Thursday.
It was however, learnt that the committee will, today, hold a press conference to brief the media on its findings since the public hearing began.
The NERC boss has at various fora averred that there was high level corruption in the estimated billing system, a situation that resulted in his setting up the committee to ascertain the level of corruption and inefficiency in the system.