Customers of the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) have lauded the National Mass Metering Programme of the federal government, stating that it’s a relief from estimated billings.
They stated this at the official launch of the National Mass Metering programme in Ibadan on Wednesday organised by the IBEDC.
Mrs Oyetayo Adeosun, a customer at Ikolaba said she was happy to be one of the beneficiaries of the ongoing mass metering programme of the federal government of Nigeria.
“The free meter that we got last week as being a great relief because before it’s been an issue of why do we get this much, are we being charged according to what we use?
“But now it’s been fair we are going to get what we used,” Adeosun said.
Another customer, Mrs Bola Ayinde said “I am happy about the meter. So, God will bless Nigeria and Oyo State.
Also, Amos Agboola, a customer at Ikolaba area said the meter was given to him free of charge.
“Since installed, the new installation is a good improvement and for us, we can see the energy usage and it can help us monitor it to know when to make online payment.
“I think it is a good improvement for both the consumers and distributors as it is connected to there network also,” Agboola said.
In his remarks, Mr Ayo Adio, the Head of Customers’ Support of the IBEDC said sensitisation has been ongoing to let customers under its franchise know that they don’t have to pay to anybody to get meter as the federal government has made it available for free.
Adio who spoke on behalf of the management of IBEDC said “Customers are not paying for them. The essence of this programme is to discourage estimated billings, which customers have been complaining about.
“We believe within few weeks most of the customers designated to have this meter will have them installed in their premises.
“We have our strategy for distribution such that it will not depend on ‘man know man’ it is organised strategically to reaching our customers free.”
IBEDC had commenced the distribution of the 104,000 free meters provided by the federal government and locally manufactured over a month ago across all the areas of its franchise.