NERC probes DISCOs over prepaid meter fraud

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The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission has begun investigating allegations that distribution companies reduced units available to subscribers on prepaid meter cards.

There had been widespread complaints that the DISCOs manipulated the prepaid meter cards of subscribers during the 14-day period agreed upon between the Federal Government and Labour on September 28, 2020 as a way of averting a general strike.

The strike was called by Organised Labour to protest the hike in fuel and electricity tariffs

However, government was able to persuade labour to suspend the strike while the new tariffs would be keot in abeyance for 14 days effective from the date of negotiation.

It took DISCOs some days before they grudgingly effected the changes.

However, Nigerians took to social media to allege that the units were fraudulently reduced by the DISCOs as a way of enforcing the hike surreptitiously.

An energy advocacy group, Powerup Nigeria, took up the matter with NERC.

In a statement on Friday, the group said; ”

Dear Followers,

The issue of Discos limiting the value of electricity token that can be purchased by customers has been brought to the attention of senior Commissioners & General Managers @NERCNG

We look forward to a statement from NERC

Please share & follow

*#PowerUpNigeria*
@PowerUpNG”

 

 

 

 

 

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