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Eko DISCO to prosecute energy thieves – CEO

The Management of Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) said it would not hesitate to prosecute any customer found engaging in illegal electricity connection within its operations.

Mr Oladele Amoda, the Chief Executive Officer of EKEDC, gave the warning in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Monday.

Amoda decried the increasing cases of illegal connections to its network by customers, saying the menace was a major challenge to its operations.

He said that since the takeover of the company by the new management, it became a priority to stamp out the illegal act in the entire area.

Amoda said the company’s effort to fight energy theft had yielded positive results with the arrest of some electricity vandals and illegal by-passing of meter in some area within the network.

He warned customers who were in habit of connecting electricity illegally to desist as the act was a major source of leakages and commercial losses to the company.

Amoda said that the situation had made it difficult for the company to account for the full monetary value of the energy received from the market operator.

“We are committed to delivering effective power supply to customers, but we are challenged due to gas pipeline vandalism that affects the transmission company from giving us energy required.

He said that gas shortage, vandalism, sabotage and energy theft were the key challenges bedeviling power supply to the nation.

“The challenge of inadequate gas supply is huge and what we have been getting as Discos has reduced drastically,“ he said.

Amoda also warned local electricians to desist from connecting consumers of electricity to its network.

He further enjoined members of the public to report anybody seen engaging in illegal service connection to the nearest police station or the company.

Amoda restated the commitment of the company to metering of all customers on its network and the eradication of estimated billing.

He said arrangements were on for the mass procurement of split unit prepaid meters to be deployed to the premises of both potential and existing customers, who were presently on estimated billing.

He said only the best meters that would efficiently serve both the interest of the customers and the company would be deployed to its network.

“The preferred meters will not only correct the problem of estimated billing, but they will also put a stop to the perennial problem of energy theft by people who circumvent the pre-paid meters.

“Ultimately, the company believes that the mass deployment of these set of meters in its network will encourage customers in its area to adopt its policies of energy conservation by avoiding wasteful use of electricity,” he said.

Amoda warned members of the public to be wary of some unscrupulous people who were trying to capitalise on the lull in metering to make quick money.

He said anybody who demanded money before installing meter should be reported immediately to law enforcement agents.

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