The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has challenged Distribution Companies (DISCOS) to provide electricity consumers with adequate meters in order address power supply challenges in the country.
Managing Director of TCN, Usman Mohammed, while briefing State House Correspondents at the presidential villa, Abuja, said arbitrary electricity bill charged consumers in the country was not proper to encourage prompt and consistent payment.
Mohammed explained that Nigerian consumers were ready to pay their electricity bills if only they were sure they are being billed appropriately.
The TCN Managing Director noted that the excuse of consumers being too poor to afford electricity tariffs does not really hold water, as this can be confirmed if they are provided with meters to save them from the widespread arbitrariness of estimated billing.
He described the argument of inadequate power supply as being responsible for failure to pay bills as a ‘chicken and egg’ dilemma, which can be resolved by allowing the consumer pay for only the amount of electricity consumed.
According to him, smaller and poorer countries like Burkina Faso has achieved as much as 98 per cent electricity transmission because the country has taken up the challenge of regulated and metered electricity supply to consumers.
Mohammed, who said such efficiency allows Burkina Faso to buy energy from neighbouring Cote D’Ivoire without owing and debts, announced that Nigeria’s transmission capacity currently stands at 8,100 megawatts although only about 5,000 megawatts can be taken up by the DISCOs.
He assured electricity consumers that the TCN would continue to expand its capacity while the DISCOs strive to expand theirs, all geared towards ensuring improves power supply in the country.