Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) says it would soon stop estimated bills to electricity consumers
Oyebode Fadipe, the Head, Corporate Commission (AEDC), who gave the assurance at a forum in Abuja, said his company would engage more meter access providers in the power sector to address the metering problem in the country.
Fadipe, speaking at the roundtable on power, organised by the Civil Society Groups for Good Governance (CSGGG), described estimated billing, also known as ‘crazy billing’ as the major challenge facing the power sector, and assured that the problem would soon be solved.
Convener of CSGGG, Mr Dominic Ogakwu, stressed the need for accountability in the power sector.
To him: “The principal cause or source of the crazy bill or outrageous billing is because a lot of customers have not been metered and that is the principal cause. Only very few are in the prepaid category. Those that have the post-paid meters are those who are complaining about crazy billings and overestimated billing,” Fadipe said.
Speaking, Mr.Sham Kolo, the Deputy Director, Surveillance and Enforcement, Consumer Protection Council (CPC), stated that the outrageous billing was worrisome, especially as the mandate of CPC was to promote and protect the interest of consumers.