Electricity Users Heave Sigh Of Relief As EEDC Begins Installation Of Pre-Paid Meters

Electricity Users Heave Sigh Of Relief As EEDC Begins Installation Of Pre-Paid Meters
Electricity Users Heave Sigh Of Relief As EEDC Begins Installation Of Pre-Paid Meters

Residents of Umuahia, the Abia State capital may no longer have to be forced by the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) to pay for electricity that they did not consume through estimated billing that they usually get at the end of every month as the electricity distribution company have started the installation of the prepaid meters in their homes.

The installation of the EEDC prepaid meter is coming weeks after the leadership of the Abia State House of Assembly led by Rt. Hon. Chinedum Orji had last month extracted an assurance from the EEDC through the Umuahia Network manager Mr. Onyebuchi Ozoezeh that the company would begin distribution of prepaid meter to residents of the state capital as a means of tackling the rampant cases of estimated billing which he (Speaker) term outrageous.

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Infonet9ja.com had reported that the EEDC team and a staff of the National Electricity Regulation Commission (NERC), Mr. Emeka Odoemelam on July 5 when they appeared before the State House of Assembly lawmakers assured that actions would be taken urgently within few weeks.

On Monday, July 19, true to their assurances, the EEDC under the National Mass Metering Programme and in compliance with the resolution they had with the members of the Abia State House of Assembly commenced the free installation of prepaid metres to residents.

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The Umuahia EEDC Network Manager, Mr Ozoezeh who said the distribution target was to reach a minimum of ten to fifteen thousand households before the end of 2021, led the team in the exercise when it began on Monday starting from Afara Street, Umuahia.

Ozoezeh assured that the EEDC was working to reduce the incident of estimated billing system to its barest minimum and that the prepaid metres come at no cost.

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On his part, Chairman of Afara Street, where EEDC began the exercise on Monday, Comrade Uche Ogbonnaya confirmed that the exercise was going on smoothly and that the residents were not charged any amount for the metres.

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The EEDC officials are still expected to brief the Abia State House of Assembly on a later date on the progress made so far with the exercise.


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