At least, 17,000 electricity consumers are without meters in Makurdi, Benue state, the Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JED) has revealed.
The company said it inherited the disturbing situation from the now rested Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN).
Speaking at the company’s maiden consumers consultative forum held Thursday in Makurdi, the state director of JED, Abraham Ochelle said that the company had already taken steps to address the appalling situation by acquiring meters for distribution to its affected customers.
“It is a known fact that our company inherited over 17,000 customers who are un-metered, which makes it difficult to control and monitor power consumption in our homes and the town in general.
“The good news is that the JED has taken the bold initiative of ensuring that all our customers are provided functional meters in order to ensure that the system is properly regulated and monitored so that customers only pay for what they consume,” he said.
Ochelle added the move is part of the reforms the company has introduced into the system to ensure that our consumers are not exploited at any given time.
Earlier, the Makurdi Business Manager of the company, John Emeruwa disclosed plans by the company to avail electricity consumers with new power transformers for installation in the state to augment the 620 currently in use.
Source: Daily Trust