Reps to probe alleged excessive electricity charges through prepaid metres

Electricity Meter

The House of Representatives on Wednesday set up an ad-hoc committee to probe alleged excessive charges on electricity customers through prepaid meters.

This followed a motion by Lam Adesina (Oyo – APC).

In the motion, Mr. Adesina noted that in June 2016, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) issued a directive to electricity distribution companies to ensure that all their customers were metered by November 30, 2016.

The deadline was later extended to March 1, 2017 after consideration of appeals from the distribution companies.

“Distribution companies, in an effort to meet up with the deadline, commenced installation of new set of prepaid meters. But electricity consumers in the country are now groaning over the rate at which the newly installed MOJEC prepaid meters gobble up their units, when compared to the old prepaid meters installed by the defunct PHCN,” Mr. Adesina.

He added that many consumers across Nigeria paid for the prepaid meters for a long period of time but were yet to be metered by distribution companies, thereby subjecting them to outrageous estimated billing regime.

In a unanimous vote, the house after calling for a probe of the claims, also urged the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing and the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to investigate the quality of the new MOJEC prepaid meters being installed by distribution companies.


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  • Ajid Musa

    The new meters installed gobbled up your credit before you wake up from sleep.Kaduna disco is one such case.

    • Enaworu aghogho

      Consumers should take some points into consideration.
      1.when prepaid meters was installed by phnc, tarrif was on the low side as compared to present tarrif.
      2.most consumers were not educated on how to manage their consumption.
      3.when the meters were installed,some consumers had debts that was transferred from their bill to the meter so as they recharge little amount are always taken to clear part of the debt while the remaining goes for their units.
      4.most people with this complain about abnormalities on the meter are always those with heavy appliances.
      Eg a house having 1 air conditioner and a deep freezer and other appliances are likely 2 consume high if they don’t manage the rate at which such appliances run.an a/c with 1000w (1kw) rating will consume 30.23 naira if left on for 1hour( considering 30.23 naira per kwh for residential consumers) a deep freezer with rating 500w will consume a proximatly 15.12 naira if left on for 1 hour.
      Taking the above major residential appliance into consideration you would know that the complain of bad prepaid meters are as a result of consumers not managing consumption of their appliance.