Stakeholders in the power sector and delegates from all licensed electricity distribution companies (DisCos) in Nigeria have declared that regeneration of the Nigeria’s economy lies on the successes of the Electricity Distribution Companies to drive the country’s economy growth.
This is coming as the body identified energy theft as a major contributor to revenue losses, citing metre bypass and illegal reconnections as impeding the progress of the electricity business in the country.
Briefing journalists at the end of the fifth session of Revenue Protection Practitioners of Nigerian Electricity Distribution Companies meeting in Benin city, Engr. Abimbola Odubiyi, President of the body called on DisCos to wake up to tackle aforementioned issues capable of messing up her generation in Nigeria.
While identifying energy theft and vandalism of electricity infrastructure as capable of messing up her revenue generation in the country, Odubiyi stressed the need for government at all levels, to prevail on the activities of resistive parties across the country to cooperate with DisCos to allow them operate effectively in the provision of safe and secured services.
Odubiyi also said that DisCos on their part would continue to encourage dialogue with these identified ring leaders and use other approaches not limited to constant engagement with signed agreement, proper documentation, venturing, corporate social responsibilities and many others.
“The need for staff of Electricity Distribution Companies to remain calm in the midst of intimidation while facing agitated communities and avoid confrontations ensuring that such attempts are reported to the police” he said.