Written by Sarah NEGEDU

Meter bypass: 11 FCT residents charged to court

Eleven persons suspected to have engaged in meter bypass and energy theft will be arraigned before a Grade 1 Area Court in Mpape, Abuja, to plead their case.

According to the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, AEDC, the suspects including two women and nine men, will be arraigned by the Katampe Division of the FCT Police Command.

AEDC said the bypass of the meters took place in Gisiri community where it recently spent over N55million on the rehabilitation of the network and installed over a thousand pre-paid meters in order to improve service delivery to its customers in the community.   

The company said the incidence of bypass and energy theft is becoming worrisome as a result of which it is prepared to work with relevant security agencies on the rising cases of energy.

The Gisiri incident, according to AEDC, shows the desperation of some persons to not just to avoid the payment for electricity but also to sabotage the company in its bid to improve quality of its service. ‘’We cannot continue to allow persons with criminal intention to steal electricity to have their way as this is capable of denying the company of the needed liquidity for its survival’’.

Meanwhile, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission has granted 9.5 megawatts (MW) embedded electricity generation licence to Ariaria Market Independent Power Plant Ltd in pursuit of overriding interest.

In a statement by the Media Head, Vivian Mbonu, the commission also granted a distribution licence to Ariaria Independent Energy Distribution Network Ltd to distribute the generated energy in the market, near Aba in Abia State.

The licences, issued in line with Section 71(6) of the Electric Power Sector Reform, EPSR, Act 2005, were granted after careful consideration of the applications in public interest to promote access to common goods and to promote commercialisation and industrialisation for which Ariaria, a leading commercial hub in the country is reputed, NERC noted.

NERC says both licences granted to Ariaria were affirmation of the commission’s commitment and response to the long-time yearnings of the market for a stable, reliable and sustainable electricity supply.


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