While signing a Memorandum of Understanding with the Consumer Protection Council (CPC), Anthony Akah, the Acting Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), has said that power supply through the national grid which peaked to 5000mw in past two weeks had dropped below 2,800mw due to vandalism.
In a statement issued on the ceremony by Usman Abba-Arabi, Head, Public Affairs Department of NERC, on Wednesday, Mr. Akah expressed dissatisfaction and worries over the spate of vandalism in the power sector.
It stated that the NERC boss enjoined the public and the CPC to collaborate with Distribution Companies (DISCOs) and security agencies to safeguard electrical installations.
According to the statement, NERC would soon compel the DISCOs to publish their meter deployment schedules, adding that the publication would ensure adherence to the meter roll out plan contained in the performance agreement signed with government by the utility firms.
“Such publication will make unmetered customers to be aware of the estimated period they have to wait before they can be metered,” it stated.
The statement disclosed that NERC had issued warning to the DISCOs against wrongful estimated billings and acts of compelling customers to buy, install and repair transformers and poles, adding that the MoU between, NERC and CPC was part of concerted efforts to reduce the incidence of estimated billing completely.
According to the statement, the Director General of CPC, Mrs. Modupe Atoki, commended NERC for the long standing relationship between the two agencies.
Atoki, according to the statement, expressed CPC’s cooperation and renewed effort to protect electricity consumers from abuse of their rights.