Electricity Distribution Companies Lament Energy Theft
Electricity distribution companies in the country have raised alarm over what it described as rampant energy theft among consumers, especially in rural communities.
The DISCOS also denied extortion in the electricity billing system, noting that consumers were billed based on what was read on the grid.
Representative of Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) , Adeniyi David while speaking at the lunch of a new crime reporting and security-management system targeted at tracking and reporting criminal activities, noted 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.
Also, 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.
Speaking at the launch weekend in Abuja, the chief executive officer of Hawk Eye, Kayode Aladesuyi, disclosed that the free application could equally be used to report security threats and potential dangers in any part of the country.
He said that the firm which developed the application was undertaking the pilot phase of the roll-out with electricity distribution companies to curtail damages done to their facilities and help them improve on their service delivery.
He expressed sadness at the situation where about 150 persons were said to have been electrocuted in 2015, and said that residents can use the opportunity of the application to inform their neighbours of areas that posed risk for them.
According to him, the action of people stealing power can, as well, be reported through the new application.
“Imagine what it could be like, sending a message to fellow citizens, asking them to avoid a place because there is live wire there, imagine what that can do; imagine sending a message to security agencies about imminent terror attack, imagine what that can do for the country
“This initiative is our first step. In areas where there is no network, there is definitely nothing we can do about it, we have to be frank about it. But we will expand to such communities as soon as infrastructure is deployed; we are going to do that,” he said
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