Electricity theft offenders risk 7 year jail term in new Bill

If the Bill seeking for an Act to prohibit and prevent electricity theft sails through, convicted offenders risk a jail term of seven years.

The Bill entitled “A Bill for an Act to prohibit and prevent electricity theft, power infrastructure vandalisation and power company protection 2017,” was submitted to the Senate Committee on Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy. The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) submitted the Bill to the Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe led Senate Power Committee Wednesday for onward presentation to the Senate in plenary for consideration and passage into law.

NERC in its submission highlighted the fact that the power sector in Nigeria has been reported to suffer from high energy losses of between 30-35%, largely blamed on stealing and sabotage. It noted that instances of some electricity consumers, by-passing electric meters and the vandalisation of power transformers, feeder pillars, electric cable stealing, are wide spread. It said that the situation directly contributes to the present crisis in Nigeria’s power sector.

Source: The Nation



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