The Eko Electricity Distribution Company is to begin the installation of bulk pre-paid meters in all military and other security agencies’ barracks within its operational territory.
Making this disclosure in Lagos, the managing director/chief executive officer of the company, Mr Oladele Amoda, said that the installation of the pre-paid meters would totally eliminate every form of controversy regarding the accuracy of electricity bills in the barracks.
Amoda said that all the military formations within the company’s licence area are indebted to the company to the tune of N600 million with about 60 per cent of the debt being owed by the Army while about 30 and 10 per cents of the debt profile are respectively shared by the Navy and Airforce.
Expressing his displeasure over the harassment of the company’s staff doing their legitimate duties by some military personnel, Amoda said that molesting staff who are performing their lawful duties would not augur well for the promotion of military-civil relations which the high echelon of the military has been canvassing for in recent times. He said that since the distribution company pay for energy received from the grid, no segment of customers can be allowed not to pay as no business can thrive when services rendered are not paid for by its patrons.
Amoda appealed to all military formations and ministries, departments and agencies of government to make the payment of electricity bills a priority on the list of their proposed expenditure. He expressed the hope that with the signing of the budget for the current financial year, many government establishments would offset their huge electricity bills and further appealed to military personnels with either private or official quarters outside the barracks to pay for electricity consumed in such premises instead of tagging such premises as military zones and using that as an opportunity to harass and scare the company’s staff away while on their official duties.
He further disclosed that the company had to resort to disconnecting some military formations after all efforts to make them defray their huge debt to the company proved abortive, adding that the order to disconnect was only given after several letters and notices of intention to withdraw service were not responded to.
Amoda assured all customers with complaints over their billing to lodge such complaints through any of the company’s channels of attending to customers’ complaints, stressing that each complaint will be treated on its own merit with full regard for safeguarding the customers’ interest.