The Jos Electricity Distribution (JED) company in Benue State says it has no control over the power consumption level of about 17, 000 consumers in the state because they are “unmetered.”
Thus the company said it may be losing millions of naira to customers in the state that were consuming power without paying.
It explained that it inherited the anomaly from the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN).
JED Director in the state, Abraham Ochelle, disclosed this in Makurdi at the maiden Consumers’ Consultative Forum of the company held in Makurdi, recently.
While he noted that the situation had inhibited the control and documentation of power consumption in the town, he explained that the company has taken steps to address the situation by acquiring meters for distribution to its customers in the state.
According to him, “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 to ensure that the system is properly regulated and monitored and customers only pay for what they consume.”
The move, which he observed, was part of reforms put in place by the organization, he noted, would also ensure that “our customers are not exploited at any given time.”
Also at the occasion, the Makurdi Business Manager of JED, John Emeruwa, stated that the company had initiated moves to avail electricity consumers new power transformers for installation in the state.
He appealed for the understanding on the part of consumers, stressing that the privatization of the power sector was already yielding positives results.