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Good News for Nigerians, As Reps Pass Bill Criminalising Estimated Billing

A bill seeking to amend the Electric Power Reform Act, prohibit and criminalise estimated billing of consumers passed the third reading at the House of Representatives   on Tuesday.

The Majority Leader, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, sponsored the bill in protest against the “crazy bills” Electricity Distribution Companies force  their customers to pay.

The  report  submitted by the  committee  set up by the House to the matter was unanimously adopted by the lawmakers,   after a public hearing  on June 5, 2018.

The Deputy Speaker, Mr Yusuf Lasun, who presided over the session, put the report to a voice vote and it was approved overwhelmingly.

The House will  transmit the bill to the Senate for agreement. If the upper chamber passes the bill, it will  be transmitted to the President  to give his  assent to it.

Gbajabiamila had at the public hearing stated that  it was only in Nigeria   electricity customers were billed arbitrarily.

He added that  estimated billing could only be used in situations where  the consumers’ meters  could not be accessed by the service provider.

Gbajabiamila  said DisCos had however deemed estimated billing to be normal.

The Majority Leader had also said the bill, when passed into law, would  stop  estimated billing.

“The bill will ensure that prepaid meters are installed in all houses, so long as the customers apply for them,” he had said.

 

– Punch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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