DISCOs Charging Nigerians For Losses, Says Power Group
The Roundtable for the Growth and Development of Power (RODEP), a non-governmental organisation, has accused electricity distribution companies (DISCOs) of making Nigerians pay for their losses instead of services rendered.
In a statement signed by Mr. Chidi Ike, the group’s coordinator, on Wednesday in Abuja, RODEP said this was revealed by a survey it conducted on the current tariff billing system of the DISCOs.
“There are three major types of losses encountered in the utility billing system business: technical, commercial and collection losses.
“The aggregation of the losses or methodology for assessing the overall health of a utility billing is termed as aggregate, commercial and technical loss.
“Nearly 60 per cent of energy charged is to offset losses incurred by the DISCOs
“The public is made to bear the burden of non-paying customers, imagine how low the tariff would be if the losses were not or, at least, comparable to what is obtainable elsewhere,” Ike said.