The Management of Eko Electricity Distribution Company Plc (EKEDCP) on Thursday said that over N 1.33 billion was yet to be collected from customers for their bills in March.
Its Chief Executive Officer, Mr Oladele Amoda, disclosed this during a stakeholders’ consultative forum with Lekki customers in Lagos to rub minds on how to address payment of electricity bills.
It was repored that the forum was tagged “prompt payment of electricity bills to enhance effective power supply’’.
Amoda, who was represented by the company’s Chief Operating Officer, Mr Sam Nwaire, said that the company recovered N4.8 billion payment out of N6.1 billion owed by customers for March.
He said that the company was still battling to recover over N.13 billion debt being owed by customers for the month, adding that such huge debts had affected the company’s major projects.
According to him, energy supply to the company from the national grid has increased from 150 megawatts to 300 megawatts in the month.
“This has boosted effective power distributions to customers but yet majority of the customers refused payment.
“In spite of the quantum of supply distributed to customers in the Month of March, large numbers of customers were yet to turn out for payment.
“We have equally recorded over N6.5 billion energy consumed by customers for the month of April but we are yet to compute the final payment chats and outstanding customers debt profile since the month is still running,’’ he said.
Amoda said that the 20 per cent compensation promised to offer anyone who reported energy theft by unscrupulous elements was yielding good result.
He said that the company recorded high rate of customers who came to report those engaging in such act.
According to him, we have received over 10 people who came to report those who are by-passing meters.
Source: The Nation