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.

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“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.