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Bill To Criminalise Estimated Billing Passes Third Reading***See What It Offers




There is succour for the masses, as far as estimated billing is concerned.

A bill to amend the Electric Power Reform Act to prohibit and criminalise estimated billing by any of the Electricity Distribution companies in Nigeria, passed the third reading in the House of Representatives today January 22nd.

Sponsored by the leader of the House, Femi Gbajabiamila, the bill scaled public hearing on Tuesday, June 5, 2018.

Responding to why he sponsored the bill, the lawmaker argued that there is no civilised Nation in the world that bills their electricity consumers arbitraily the way electricity companies in Nigeria do.

“Any regulation that allows estimation of bills when the actual consumption can be ascertained is against natural justice and equity and should not stand’’ Gbajabiamila said

He said the bill, when passed, would put an end to the estimated billing by the DisCos, stressing that it would bring about a win-win situation for both the consumers and the companies.

“The bill will ensure that prepaid meters are installed in all houses, so long as the customers apply for the meters,” he said.

The House unanimously voted in favour of the bill when it was put to voice vote by the Deputy Speaker, Yussuf Lasun (APC-Osun), at the plenary on Today.

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