Nigeria power company association supports banning estimated electric bills

By David Whitehouse
Posted on Wednesday, 2 February 2022 10:56, updated on Tuesday, 15 February 2022 16:15

Joy Ogaji, CEO of Nigeria's Association of Power Generation Companies. (Photo supplied.)

Proposed Nigerian legislation which would criminalise estimated bills for electricity consumption can help improve industry efficiency and the wider economy, Joy Ogaji, CEO of the Association of Power Generation Companies (APGC), tells The Africa Report.

The bill has passed its third reading in the national assembly. It compels distribution companies to install prepaid metres for all power consumers. Estimated billing would be punishable by a year in prison, a fine of N1m ($2,400) or both.

Education will be required after the bill becomes law to help consumers understand their rights, Ogaji says. Consumer-focused groups have a role to play in ensuring that consumers are properly informed about their rights and where to seek redress, she adds.