Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) yesterday said it has spent more than N10 billion on the procurement and installation of prepaid meters to its customers as part of efforts to end estimated billings in its area of coverage.
The company also announced that it inherited more than 700,000 unmetered customers when it took over from the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN).
EEDC Head of Communications, Mr Emeka Ezeh, gave this hint while speaking with journalists in Enugu. He said it had always been the desire of EEDC to meter all its customers.
Eze, who said the power distribution company had procured certified prepaid meters at the cost of more than N10 billion, pointed out that due to lack of adequate funds, they cannot at present provide meters to all their customers.
“We have started metering our customers, but we are not yet there. For us to meter all our customers, we need time and resources, but the resources are not readily available. We have committed over N10 billion to procuring and providing meters for our customers.
“We have already started metering our customers, but there is no way we can meter all our customers at the same time. We do not have the finance to meter all our customers.
“We need time; we need resources to meter all. We inherited over 700, 000 unmetered customers and it will take time before we provide all of them with meters,” Ezeh said.
He further explained that for them to meet up with demand of providing meters to their customers, the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) was trying to help them ensure that all their customers were metered.
Source: New Telegraph