Respite has finally come the way of electricity consumers within the jurisdiction of the Abuja Distribution Company (Disco), following the company’s readiness to distribute pre-paid meters to customers with evidence of payment within the next one week, after years of payment.
This development comes on the heels of the public hearing into electricity metering challenges instituted by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), with a view to uncovering metering inefficiency and irregularities in the nation’s electricity sector.
The Chief Executive Officer of Abuja Distribution Company, Abdulganiyu Umar, who was obviously embarrassed by customers’ complaints at the public hearing in Abuja, yesterday, declared that all customers with evidence of payment for the pre-paid meters and have yet to be supplied same, should come to the Abuja Disco office within the next one week for the collection of their meters.
Umar also promised to investigate all arguments and allegations at the hearing, which ranged from extortion by PHCN staff for the purchase of transformers for consumers, inefficiency, payment of electricity bill in the face of power outages and absence of supply, unlawful disconnection among others, saying that a report on his investigations would be made available to the committee as soon as possible.
Earlier, chairman of the committee, bamidele Aturu, said the committee would immediately visit affected communities to see for themselves first hand to evidences, to corroborate consumers claims, even as he assured that the committee would make public its final report at the end of the findings.
“The findings of this committee are not meant to witch-hunt anyone but to find solutions to electricity challenges. We will state the facts as we find them and we will make sure that the recommendations of the committee are implemented,” he said.