FCT residents to get free prepaid electricity meters

By The Rainbow
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The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) said it would start free installation of prepaid meters pilot scheme in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in February.

Mr Abimbola Odubiyi, the Executive Director of the company's Regulatory and Stakeholders Relations, said this on Sunday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.

According to him, AEDC in 2015 installed 5,000 free prepaid meters to customers in Minna, Niger State and would in February 2016, commence another installation of 1,250 free prepaid meters to customers in the FCT.

He said the installations were pilot schemes and the contractors that handled the Minna project were given 5,000 meters but that of FCT would be given

1,250 meters.
Odubiyi said the meters would be used as a test-case so as to ascertain the efficiency of the projects.

He explained that the new energy tariff that would come into effect on Feb.1 would last for 10 years, noting that during the years, it was expected that energy

tariffs must come down and the sector stabilised.
He listed the installation of 400 brand new transformers, building of new customers care centres in Abuja, new billing centres, vending centres and improvement in staff welfare as some of the achievements of AEDC since it joined the energy sector in 2003.

According to him, there has been great improvement in power in the FCT and across the country since the privatisation of the power sector in 2013.

He then urged customers of AEDC to always pay their energy bills when due so that the company could serve them better.

He cautioned against vandalism of installations so as not to jeopardise the nation's energy sector.