The management of the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) has reiterated that it is fully committed to metering all her customers in the shortest possible time future. As part of this commitment, the company has metered over 300,000 customers across its coverage area. In Ogun state, it has metered about 70,000 customers with over 23,000 metered in the Sango-Ota axis to date.
Metering in the power sector is a nationwide challenge as factors such as the fluctuation and scarcity of foreign exchange, inflation rate among others have slowed down the sincere efforts of DisCos in tackling this issue.
IBEDC has tried to balance the challenge by patronizing local manufacturers who unfortunately cannot meet the current demand. This however, has not deterred the company in the drive to metering all customers, as reflected in the total metering of all maximum demand customers.
In conclusion, on the issue of cancellation of customers accumulated outstanding debts, this cannot be done solely by IBEDC as the company is only a collection agent for a value chain comprising several stakeholders; thus, all parties must jointly take decisions on outstanding debt issues.
The management, therefore, appeals to the group to be patient and show understanding towards the challenges confronting the distribution companies instead of disrupting IBEDC operations and activities especially in Ota/Sango environs even as they continue to engage the different CDAs & CDCs in the area.