By Daniel Ayantoye
The Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) will commence the distribution of prepared meters on Monday (today).
The Kwara Regional Communication Officer, IBEDC, Ayodeji Bada, disclosed this during an interview with Pilot Business on Friday.
According to him, the meters are to be distributed on a ‘first come first serve’ basis. He explained that customers who had paid for the meters since last year will be given the meters before the others who recently applied for it.
“We are commencing the distribution of pre-paid meters on Monday, and it shall be issued based on first come first serve basis, because some people had paid since last year and are yet to collect it due to foreign exchange issue. “
Bada, who also disclosed that over 50,000 meters were given out during the last distribution exercise in the state, stressed that the management is committed to metering every house in the state.
According to him, “it is beneficial to the company but there is no much fund to purchase meter.”
He, explained further that money paid for meters that are paid for by customers are refunded through credit advance payment implementation.
“Payment for purchase of a meter is like a loan, when the customer comes to load on monthly basis, we put extra credit and this goes on until the money is refunded.”
He however lamented that some pre-paid meter users in the state have been engaging in electrity theft, by ‘bypassing’ their meters, adding that those caught were arrested and some others sanctioned.
He however called on the state government to make laws that will curb the act.
“Though we are committed to metering all houses in the state, this issue of electricity theft is disturbing. Out of 10 houses that are metered in the state 8 are being bypassed. “Some users have been caught and arrested and some others sanctioned, but it will be of help if government can make laws to curb this act.”
Meanwhile, officials of IBEDC will embark on mass disconnection to commence in Ilorin today, according to a statement made available to this medium yesterday.
Customers are therefore implored to pay their bills to avoid disconnection.