You’re fraudsters - Reps accuse DisCos, kick against estimated bills

You’re fraudsters - Reps accuse DisCos, kick against estimated bills

- Members of the House of Representatives have kicked against high estimated electricity bills

- The Representatives accused DisCos of fraud and plot to rip Nigerians of their hard earned money

Members of the House of Representatives met on Wednesday, June 27, to deliberate on and condemned the excessive and estimated billing by electricity distribution companies in the country while accusing DisCos of fraud.

The Reps also accused the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, the regulator of the power sector, of colluding with the Discos or being helpless while Nigerians were being ripped off, The Punch reports.

The session, led by a member of the House representing Osun state, Ajibola Famurewa, was focused on the “need to curb excessive electricity charges being levied on the consumers by Discos.”

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One of the members, who is from Zamfara state, Muazu Lawal, said: “It appears that the Discos and other stakeholders are not ready for the job before them. You just go about billing people the way you like without considering the actual power they consume. This happens everywhere in the country and even here in Abuja.

“From what is happening, I think the Discos are either operated by fraudsters or they are just extorting money from Nigerians. If you are not ready for the job, tell us you are not ready. Go to the government and say you are not ready.”

The chairman of NERC Prof James Momoh, while putting up a defence, gave some instances when the Discos were fined N134.1m for violation of electricity regulations. “All the reports related to the fines are published annually. NERC is taking measures to improve on the services by the Discos," he said.

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Recall that earlier reported that the House of Representatives is set to pass a bill to criminalize the issuance of estimated bills to consumers by electricity Distribution Company (DisCos).

The bill, sponsored by the House of Representatives majority leader Femi Gbajabiamila and others has passed the second reading on the floor of the House.

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