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We Know Consumers Are Angry Over Estimated Billing -FG

Posted: May 26, 2015 at 12:10 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Federal Government has admitted that it knows that Nigerians were not happy over having to pay for electricity without having power supplied to them, assuring that it was working hard to eliminate estimated billing from the sector.

Permanent Secretary Ministry of Power, Godknows Igali, who stated this at the graduation of trainees from the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria (NAPTIN) in Abuja, said government’s effort to supply more electricity was being sabotaged through the vandalism of gas pipelines.

According to him, “Nigerians are not happy because power supply is not enough whereas they have to pay for electricity. Why is the supply not enough? It is because some Nigerians go to destroy our pipelines. They don’t allow gas to get to our power plants. We were doing 4,500mw, but now we are doing about 2,000mw. But we are going to solve that problem. The nation will get over it. It is a phase and we will all get over it.

“I say this because the amount of gas we have now can give us more than 6,000mw. If we have 6,000mw, most parts of Nigeria can have power for at least 16 hours. But then people (vandals) will not allow that to happen. Even when the light is not there, what people are meant to pay for is not commensurate to what they consume. And that brings a lot of anger among consumers who complain that they don’t get enough electricity but are billed very high.

“This is as a result of the estimated billing system. For what they (power distribution companies) do is that they guess, based on the size of a house and approximate and charge you. So the country is going to be embarking on a robust metering scheme. The Federal Government is involved in this and it is working with private companies in the sector. And that’s where you (trainees) come in, to ensure that the meters are properly installed and consumers are billed correctly,” he said.