Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Power, Works and Housing, has said that statistics showed that only six million households out of over 29 million regular houses consume power in Nigeria.
“If this is correct, it means that some people steal energy in the country, while only a few pay.
“The statistics cannot be correct and it is, therefore, necessary to extend whistle-blowing to the power sector in order to expose those stealing our energy,” he said.
The minister disclosed this at the 16th Power sector monthly meeting held in Enugu State on Monday. The programme was sponsored by the Niger Delta Power Holding Company.
He said that the whistle-blower policy would help to reduce energy theft which had become a big challenge to power distribution companies and consumers in the country.
Fashola explained that captured households are bound to pay more tariffs when the ones not on record use energy without paying for it.
He urged Nigerians to be vigilant and report persons who are caught stealing energy in their neighbourhood to law enforcement agencies.