Last week, the Nigerian minister of power, works and housing, Babatunde Fashola, urged that the whistle blowing policy be extended to the power sector to expose energy thieves.
According to the Vanguard, Fashola highlighted that energy theft was not only criminal but an act of economic sabotage inimical to the power industry.
Media quoted the minister stating that he does not believe the assumption that only about six million households are currently making use of power in the country.
Instead, Fashola said he believed that more households were consuming energy secretly.
Whistle blowing policy
The energy minister then called on the the abiding citizens of the country to report illegal users of power, in order to curb this illegal act.
The minister’s directive follows soon after Ikeja Electric Plc announced its partnership with Deloitte for the launch of a whistle blowing platform. Read more…
The platform to be independently managed by Deloitte, will allow customers to report anonymously by making use of multiple channels including a toll free hotline, email, a web-based service and a mobile app.
The spokesman for Ikeja Disco, Felix Ofulue, explained that the whistle blowing platform is one of the many measures put in place to encourage a culture of transparency and accountability, media reported.
Disconnection of pre-paid meters
Fashola also warned against the disconnection of pre-paid meters, saying he had been receiving complaints from those whose meters were disconnected, media reported.
While urging the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), to continue carrying out its work he said history had shown that they have never failed to unite on a common purpose.
NERC issued out a statement which read as follows: “NERC should take positive action with regards to disconnection of households with pre-paid meters as this action leads to low level public trust in the sector. Energy theft is also limiting factor in quality service because a small population bears the large cost of energy consumption.”
“The public was encouraged to extend the whistle blowing policy of government to the power to ensure energy theft is brought under control, stakeholders are also encouraged to name and shame energy thieves a deterrent,” the communique stated.
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