The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) yesterday said it would review electricity tariff in order to improve its services to customers. Managing Director of the company, Mr. Robert Dickerman, made this known at the Tariff Review Public Consultation Programme in Enugu.
Dickerman explained that EEDC and other electricity distribution companies were reviewing tariff in line with requirement of fair charges to consumers stipulated by the electricity regulatory body.
According to him, the current tariffs do not reflect the actual cost of operations. Giving a breakdown of tariff for effective distribution of energy, he said that 60 per cent would go to generation, 25 per cent to operation of distribution companies and 15 percent for transmission and administrative charges.
The managing director added that tariff classes included commercial, residents, industrial, special and street lighting. He explained that EEDC needed N25 billion for its 10-year investment plan for provision of transformers, relief sub-stations, network materials, 280, 000 non-smart single-phase pole mounted meters, 320,000 smart single-phase pole mounted meters.
Others, according to him, include 70, 000 non-smart single three-phase pole, 80, 000 smart three-phase, 4,700 minimum demand meters. Also, the Marketing Manager of the company, Mr. Alozie Onyedikachukwu, expressed concern of growing cases of theft of meters in the area. He explained that meters given to customers were meant for their areas and could not be used in another area other than their initial registered areas.
Some customers, who attended the meeting, commended the company for improved power supply to Enugu residents in recent months. One of them, Mr. Ifeanyi Okoye, acknowledged that power supply in Enugu metropolis had improved and urged EEDC to sustain the effort.
He urged the company to review its tariff downward, especially for manufacturers so as to make things easier for customers and the electricity company. Another customer, Olisa Osadebe, of University of Nigeria (UNN), Enugu Campus, urged the electricity company to provide meters to all residents and sustain the supply of energy.