The Managing Director of Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company Mr. Haruna Garba said it would be deploying 50,000 pre-paid meters to electricity consumers in Sokoto state by 2018.
Mr. Garuba Made this know at the inauguration of the Sokoto Forum Office for electricity consumer complaints in Sokoto. He said the distribution would be carried out to meet the yearnings of customers in the state.
“We have signed a contract for the purchase of 200,000 pre-paid meters two months ago. I am sure that 50,000 meters would be deployed to Sokoto by the first quarter of next year.
The aim is to satisfy our customers and to ensure that they actually pay the electricity they consume,”
Mr. Garuba Discribed the pre-paid meter as reliable and efficient and ensures no more dispute over non-payment and disconnection of customers as it is a pay as you use system. He also said the pre-paid meters would go a long way in addressing the issue of estimated billing that most customers have been complaining about in the state.
The commissioner consumer affairs division of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission Dr. Moses Arigu in a remark said the provision of pre-paid meters would ensure that customers pay the right price for the amount of energy they consume.
He stated that the aim of the establishment of the Forum Office in Sokoto was to resolve customer complaints, reverse under charges to an aggrieved party, prevent unfair business practices as well as provide a basis for compensation for aggrieved customers.
Dr. Arigu urged customers within Sokoto State to make good use of the existence of the forum office in having their complaints resolved. The commissioner called on the Government of Sokoto state to enforce the right of way of electricity infrastructure so as to eliminate the issue of death and injuries by electrocution, and that the government should lead the enlightenment of the citizen on the hazards of building houses and structures under high tension power lines.