Consumers have threatened not to pay their electricity bills if the Distribution Companies fail to provide prepaid meters for all and sundry.
They decried the inability of the DISCOs to issue customers with the meters, which they said was expected to boost efficient metering in the country and close the gap created by the old metering system.
This came on the heels of a disclosure that the DISCOs have suspended the Credited Advance Payment for Metering Implementation initiated by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission.
The PUNCH had reported that the DISCOs were most likely going to dump the CAPMI scheme and opt for their own metering programme.
Miffed by this development, consumers have demanded an efficient metering system to protect themselves from paying for services not provided by the utility companies.
A consumer, who identified himself as Omotola Araujo, said, “How can you estimate what you cannot measure? Estimates are done when it is impossible to read meters due to weather conditions. No prepaid meters, no payment!”
A resident of Egbeda-Idimu area of Lagos, Mr. John Adegbola, said, “I quite agree with this. Nigerians are fed up with the PHCN people billing consumers without getting meter readings. Providing prepaid meters will help to reduce estimated billing. It will even help the regulatory body to perform better.
“It is appalling that these people still serve bills in areas where they have not got power supply for a whole month. We even have people who have paid for these prepaid meters for months or even a year now and haven’t received them.”