Electricity distribution companies are set to introduce a meter bypass tracking device, a device that detect power consumers who bypass their meters.
Power consumers who bypass their meters may start face sanctions by paying penalties as soon as the device is installed in homes and office that make use of prepaid meters.
News blog PUNCH says that this development by the power companies was to enforce the recent declaration by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission that consumers who bypass meters would pay fines.
According to NERC, financial sanctions ranging from 50,000 naira to 450,000 naira for meter bypass by power consumers have been drafted and endorsed by the 11 electricity distribution companies operating in the country.
It was also gathered that NERC’s decision was endorsed by the Federal Government through the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola.
Officials of NERC told PUNCH on Thursday in Abuja that some power distributors had started deploying meter bypass trackers in order to reveal the culprits and have them punished.
The Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director, Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, Ernest Mupwaya, confirmed the development on the sidelines of an event organised by the firm to inaugurate some its newly acquired technical equipment.