NERC attributes high estimated bills to increase in electricity theft

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has attributed the high estimated billing being complained of across the country to the upsurge in cases of energy theft and unauthorised pilfering of electricity.

The Vice Chairman of the Commission, Alhaji Sunusi Garba made the assertion in Kaduna yesterday during a public hearing and consultation with stakeholders on three regulations being proposed by the electricity regulatory body.

Alhaji Sunusi said, “Energy theft is the major contributing factor to the prohibitive estimated billing currently being experienced across the country.”

He called on all stakeholders to join hands with the commission to address the situation.

He disclosed that the commission is working on three draft regulations including; the Distribution Franchising, Capping of Estimated Billing and Competitive Transition Charge  Regulations, aimed at injecting more efficiency and competition into the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry.

Also, the Managing Director/CEO of Kaduna Electric, Engineer Garba Haruna disclosed that Kaduna Electric has gone far in sensitising and mobilising the business community and all relevant stakeholders in its franchise on the benefits of the proposed franchising partnership to both the electricity consumers and the electricity industry.

 

Source: Daily Trust

 

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