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Expert urges electricity consumers to seek legal action against indiscriminate billing


LAGOS – Mr Yomi Kolawole, the Managing Director, Energy Solution Nigeria Limited, on Monday urged electricity consumers in the country to seek legal action against distribution companies for indiscriminate billing.
Kolawole told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that this would make the DISCOs to stop outrageous billing of the consumers.
Kolawole said that since Federal Government handed over Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) to private investors last year, the electricity supply had worsened.
He said there had been a steady increase in monthly billing.
He said that due to indiscriminate billing, some consumers had resulted to vandalising DISCOs’ installations in their community.
The managing director said that the destruction would not solve the problem of outrageous billing, adding that they should seek legal action against the DISCOs.
“Now that power sector has been privatised, the individual company must be held responsible for their actions.
“They cannot continue to give consumers outrageous bills monthly without electricity supply.
“The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has ordered all DISCOs to provide us with prepaid meters, but till now they have not given up to 10 per cent of their consumers.
“I think that if the consumers know their right and charge them to court on this, they will sit up and do the work they are being paid to do,” he said.
Kolawole urged the NERC

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to stop the increase in electricity tariff until there was improvement in electricity supply. (NAN)

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