Don’t pay for processing of pre-paid meters – Enugu Electricity Company tells south-easterners

The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company PLC (EEDC) has warned its customers to be vigilant against fraudulent individuals or groups demanding payment for processing meter applications.

EEDC emphasised that it does not charge customers for meter applications, adding that all applications can be made online through its digital infrastructure.

This allows customers to apply for prepaid meters and track their applications easily, a statement by the company’s Head of Corporate Communications, Emeka Ezeh, said.

Ezeh said the company found it concerning that some customers were being exploited with unnecessary payment demands.

The statement was in reaction to an announcement that was circulating on the social media aimed at defrauding its customers who are applying for meters.

According to Ezeh, the announcement is alleged to have emanated from a group known as South East Electricity Consumers Association (SEECA), signed by its National Chairman, Rev. Okechukwu Christopher Obioha JP, requesting electricity customers who are applying for prepaid meter to submit their application form to the Association with a remittance of five thousand Naira (N5,000.00) into their First Bank account (2044673039) as cost for “data and other logistics”.

He said that the management of EEDC frowned at the ugly development deliberately designed to defraud its customers, describing it as fraudulent and unacceptable.

“We call on our customers not to allow themselves to be defrauded by paying for meter application as it is illegal, inapplicable and unnecessary”.

“It is only the cost of the meter that customers are expected to pay for (under the Meter Asset Provider (MAP) program), after a Demand Note must have been issued to them, having formally applied for the meter through the approved official channel”.

All that customers who want to apply for meters need to do is to simply log on to the EEDC website (www.enugudisco.com) and fill the meter application form and submit, to initiate the process. Alternatively, they can visit their respective district offices or service centers with a copy of their bills and form of identification for further assistance by the customer service representatives.

“With this note of caution, EEDC will not be liable for any financial loss by any of its customers who fall victim to this illegal activity by this group”, Ezeh warned.