The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, EEDC, has blamed what it described as incidences of overbilling of its customers on “energy theft” and appealed to electricity consumers in the South East to assist the company to arrest the perpetrators, Vanguard reports.
According to EEDC, energy theft was the major cause of the bloated bills, otherwise known as crazy bills. It said that “energy losses (theft) in Nigeria was about the highest in the world.” The Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the company, Mr Robert Dickerman made this known during a Town Hall Meeting with EEDC customers in Enugu, weekend.
Dickerman also stressed that only 700,000 consumers were in EEDC’s database in the South East pointing out that the figure was a far cry from the actual number of consumers in the five states of Abia, Anambra, Ebonyi, Enugu and Imo which make up the South East. He, however said that the company had deployed enumerators to update the figure and enable it have a more accurate number of consumers as well as how to attend to their needs and minimise energy theft.