The Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) has said that it was worrisome for electricity consumers to reject installation of the new pre-paid meters.
It said the new pre-paid meters were introduced to check power theft.Managing Director of BEDC, Mrs. Funke Osibodu, who disclosed this at a media parley in Benin City stated that many consumers were rejecting the new pre-paid meters because power theft was easier with the use of the old pre-paid meter.Mrs. Osibodu noted that several persons have been arrested and being prosecuted for power theft in Edo, Delta, Ondo and Ekiti states
According to him, “People are rejecting the new meters. They believe they cannot compromise the meters because we are placing them on the electric poles.“A lot of power theft is happening on pre-paid meters. There is less theft on post-paid meter. We have had several sensitization meeting but the people are resisting installations of the meter.”
Mrs. Osibodu stated that the firm was ready to sustain 12 hours supply of electricity to its consumers if conductive and friendly environment was provided for them to operate.[THE NATION]