Reps To Probe DisCos Transferring Old Customers’ Electricity Debts To New Users

 

The House of Representatives has kicked against the transfer of electricity consumption liabilities from old to new residential or industrial customers.

The House disapproved of the practice after a motion by a member from Lagos State, Mr Abiodun Shoyinka at plenary.

Shoyinka informed the House, of the constant complaints by electricity consumers on the poor services provided by Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) which are also in the habit of transferring outstanding debts of the old customer to new users.

According to him, the Distribution Companies, who are responsible for the collection of payments for services rendered to consumers, allow unpaid bills to accumulate and don’t follow the laid down principles and guidelines by Regulatory Authorities towards unpaid bills and disconnection of non paying customers.

He expressed concern that if nothing is done to curb the act, the consumers will continue to bear the burden of paying for the electricity they did not consume.

The House presided over by Deputy Speaker, Ahmed Wase, resolved to summon the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC.

The House also mandated the Committee on Power to engage the Distribution Companies and other relevant Regulatory Agencies to find a lasting solution and report within four weeks”

 

IBRAHIM SHEHU

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