The Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, PHED, has threatened to arrest and prosecute any person, group of persons or corporate body found to be engaged in energy theft in its network.
Engr. Kingsley Achife, the Acting Chief Executive Officer of PHED, gave the warning during a Town-hall meeting on Customers Bill of Right at Rumuolumeni, near Port Harcourt, recently.
The PHED boss frowned at the constant loss of about 30 percent of her anticipated revenue to energy theft on monthly basis, a situation he described as unacceptable.
According to him, PHED has collaborated with security agencies and a crack team of anti-energy theft squad has been established to work on daily basis with the Revenue Protection Department, RPD, of the company.
“We can assure you that anybody caught in meter tampering, by-pass through diversion of load or hooking directly to power lines shall not go scot free, he or she must face the full weight of law.
“We cannot continue to condone energy thieves in our network, it must be stopped. “This is an era of energy accountability and for us to sustain the power industry, energy theft must be eradicated. “We urge you to join in the war against energy theft and it must be won”, Achife concluded.
The spate of energy theft in PHED has become a major source of huge revenue leakage to the distribution company that is saddled with the responsibility of distributing power supply in Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River and Rivers States.
With the warning and the setting up of the crack team of anti- energy theft, the company is battle ready to tackle the ugly monster, called energy theft in the system.