Crazy Billing’ Would Soon Be Over – AEDC

Crazy Billing’ Would Soon Be Over – AEDC

The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has pledged that the era of estimated bills to electricity consumers by the company will soon be over. The Head, Corporate Commission, AEDC, Mr Oyebode Fadipe, who made the pledge weekend in Abuja at a civil society organisations (SCOs) roundtable, said the Company would engage more meter access providers in the power sector to address the metering problem in the country. Fadipe, speaking at the roundtable on power, organised by the Civil Society Groups for Good Governance (CSGGG), described estimated billing, also known as ‘crazy billing’ as the major challenge facing the power sector, and assured that the problem would soon be solved. This is as the convener, CSGGG, Mr Dominic Ogakwu, stressed the need for accountability in the power sector. “The principal cause or source of the crazy bill or outrageous billing is because a lot of customers have not been metered and that is the principal cause. Only very few are in the prepaid category. Those that have the post-paid meters are those who are complaining about crazy billings and overestimated billing,” Fadipe said. The Deputy Director, Surveillance and Enforcement, Consumer Protection Council (CPC), Mr Sham Kolo, said the outrageous billing was worrisome, especially as the mandate of CPC was to promote and protect the interest of consumers. Kolo said the council was working closely with the DisCos to ensure that consumers were not short changed in any way. Source: Daily Trust

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