Enugu DISCO Loses 2 Billion Naira Monthly to Electricity Thieves

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Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC), which has the franchise to distribute electricity to consumers across the five south eastern States of Enugu, Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi and Imo, has said that it loses an average of N2 billion monthly to instances of theft of electricity by consumers under the network.

EEDC’s Deputy Managing Director, Temitope Borisade told THISDAY shortly after a post-privatisation tour of its distribution network by the Bureau of Public Enterprises (BPE) that the operations of the Disco in the five eastern States were being hampered by massive energy theft perpetrated by its customers.

Borisade explained that while the Disco on a monthly basis loses as much as N2 billion from energy theft, a good number of its customers are hooked on to its network without being properly documented.

“From EEDC perspectives, these are commercial losses and we found that customers do this by diverting loads from their meters. Some of them divert consumptions from their heavy equipment.

 We also have cases of welders that hang their wires on our conductors and use that in the middle of the night and these lead to major loses for us. We have an ATC&C loss figure that is in the upwards of 40 per cent and the large part of this is dues to energy theft,” said Borisade.
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