There is good news for Mainlanders as the House of Representatives has passed a bill for an Act to amend the Electric Power Reform Act to prohibit and criminalise estimated billing by the Electricity Distribution Companies.
The bill was passed during a plenary presided over by the Deputy Speaker, Hon Yussuf Lasun, after it was read for the third time by the Clerk, at the floor of the House.
The bill, which was sponsored by the Leader of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, was unanimously voted in support when it was put to voice vote.
The bill which contains sections criminalising the arbitrary estimation of energy consumed by consumers, who have not been supplied pre-paid meters by the electricity distribution companies, had scaled public hearing on Tuesday, June 5, 2018. Speaking at the public hearing Gbajabiamila said there was nowhere in the world where electricity customers are billed arbitrarily as obtains in Nigeria.
Speaking at the public hearing Gbajabiamila said there was nowhere in the world where electricity customers are billed arbitrarily as obtains in Nigeria.
According to the House Leader, estimated billing could only be used in situations where the meter of the consumers could not be accessed by the energy company.
“Any regulation that allows estimation of bills when the actual consumption can be ascertained is against natural justice and equity and should not stand,” he said.
He then maintained that the bill would put an end to the estimated billing by the DisCos when passed.
“The bill would bring about a win-win situation for both the consumers and the companies. The bill will ensure that prepaid meters are installed in all houses, so long as the customers apply for the meters,” Gbajabiamila said.