Electricity supply woes continue in Anambra



EEDC says prepaid meters compromised

DECLARATIONS by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) that generation and transmission have significantly improved nationwide have not in any way doused the complaints over poor power supply from a majority of electricity consumers in Anambra State.

Particularly affected are such major cities as Onitsha, Awka, Nnewi, Ogidi, Ekwulobia and Nkpor, in spite of the advocacy visit to the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) by the Anambra State Civil Society/Media Network.

The visit, organised by the Justice Development and Peace Commission (JDPC), Onitsha, alongside the Christian Aid and the Department for International Development (DfID) under the “Voice and Accountability Project (V2P), involved 25 media organisations, six civil society bodies and the state chapter of the Consumer Protection Council (CPC).

According to the Executive Director of JDPC, Rev Fr. Edwin Udoye, the purpose was to share a report on the standard of electricity service in the state, understand EEDC’s service procedure regarding complaints and customer relationship, as well as the basis for bill estimation and other service charges.

In another development, however, the EEDC management said the supply of prepaid meters was delayed because the new ones have been compromised, adding that there were many illegal meters in circulation, arising from cloning, which was being tackled.

Speaking on behalf of the Managing Director, Ebhodaghe noted that payment of cash to members of staff for supply, distribution and repair of transformers, meters and other maintenance services is prohibited and should be reported to the management.

He urged individuals or groups to resist any demand for financial contributions for any such services, while asking consumers to report all challenges to any of the 18 district offices in the state.

Meanwhile, he explained that estimated billing is legal, especially due to faulty meters and those found to have been tampered with but could not be replaced, more so as “consumers are now billed in clusters in a feeder, while transformer bills are based on the actual consumption.”

He explained that new types of meters using SIM cards has been rolled out and would go round the state before the year ends as replacement for the current compromised prepaid meters.

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