Power distribution company, Ikeja Electric, has called on members of the public to partner with it in the fight against vandalism.
The firm made the call during the installation of meters at the University of Lagos Estate in Isheri, Lagos, earlier in the week.
According to the management of the company, service delivery would be more efficient if critical equipment are not vandalised by criminal-minded individuals.
Meanwhile, the installation exercise aimed at improving service delivery in the area, has since left residents excited and hopeful of more supply to their homes.
Chairman of the estate’s Community Development Association, Alhaji Bashir Momodu, while hailing IE for the initiative, said that they were delighted that they would be paying for only what they consume henceforth.
A landlord, Kunle Olaifa, while also commending IE for the installation, said that the new meters would gradually eliminate issues like “crazy bills”.
While calling for more cooperation with the residents to combat vandalism, Acting Chief Commercial Officer of IE, Ugochukwu Obi-Chukwu, said the company was committed to bridging the metering gap across its network through its MAP scheme.
He said, “Ikeja Electric is deploying the meters in two phases, starting with Shomolu, Ikorodu and Abule-Egba business units. The second phase will include Akowonjo, Ikeja and Oshodi business units.
“The exercise has started in Shomolu Business District with the metering of Unilag Estate in Isheri and Magodo. We are committed to making this work and that is why we want the cooperation of every customer to fight vandalism and deliver better services.” Urging customers to register for MAP on the Internet using their IE account number on the bill to update their Know Your Customer details, Obi-Chukwu disclosed that the company had put measures in place to ensure that the meters were not by-passed by members of the public.
He said, “Offenders will be made to pay a fine of N50,000 if it is a single phase meter and N100,000 for by-passing a three phase meter.
“Also, such a customer will be charged for loss of revenue by billing as determined by Ikeja Electric.”