Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) has embarked on a sensitisation program on the Smart Prepaid Meters currently being deployed to its customers across the South east.
The move, the company said is aimed at educating its numerous customers about the prepaid meters.
EEDC said in a statement that the rational is “to clear the air on some unfounded insinuations bothering on the integrity and performance of the meters being made by some individuals and groups; and also educating the customers on the functionality of the meters, as well as processes of acquiring and recharging the meters”.
The engagement which recently held in Enugu and Abakaliki respectively had in attendance customers of EEDC, including those whose meters have been installed, representatives of various professional bodies and the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).
Also from EEDC were Simon Bolaji, Head, Revenue Cycle Services; Ijeoma Ogudebe, Manager, Customer Service and Engr. Christopher Chukwu, Meter Engineer.
A presentation and live demonstration of the metering process, integrity of the meter, meter tampering, meter acquisition processes, tips on energy management and process of online recharge of the meter was delivered by Engr. Christopher Chukwu.
Highlight of the session was the demonstration on the integrity of the meters, where the meters were displayed and used to record the energy consumption of three different bulbs under 30 minutes and they recorded a particular consumption.
Engr. Chukwu stressed that the meters were not programmed to run fast, as is being peddled around town, rather he encouraged customers to imbibe the culture of energy management, always switch off appliances when not in use and always go for energy saving appliances.
“Meters are subjected to various regulatory checks and certification by respective government agencies like NEMSA before they get to us. EEDC does not and will not manipulate the functionality of their meters.
“These are smart meters, manufactured abroad and we do not have the intelligence, technology and know-how to manipulate them as that may lead to damage of the meters,” Chukwu said.
He added that EEDC has invested over N10billion on its metering project, and cannot afford to engage in practices that would jeopardize this effort.
The customer sensitisation exercise will continue next week across the remaining parts of EEDC’s franchise area.