Power Holding Company of Nigeria, (PHCN) has threatened to publish names of debtors in the National Dailies, in a bid to recover their funds. The Managing Director of the Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company, Idris Mohammed, during the First Customers Consultative Council meeting on Wednesday in Kaduna said that customers of the electricity company had debts amounting to N16 billion.
He stated that electricity consumers owe the company huge debts despite all efforts to ensure regular and effective debt collection. He insisted that the present debt profile was not favourable to the company’s corporate survival and urged consumers to settle their electricity bills to ensure good service delivery at all times.
Now the question is, is Idris Mohammed having a laugh? The argument of most electricity consumers who owe the PHCN huge debts is that bills are charged on electricity that hasn’t been consumed. Before the prepaid meters was introduced, residents complained that even when they travelled and their houses were locked up for a long period, they still receieved their electricity bills. Also, when power supply was cut off for weeks due to major faults, the bills kept coming.
To an extent, this problem has been solved with the introduction of prepaid meters. However, most electricity consumers still use the old billing system which still has a lot of problems.
Most residents eagerly await the completion of the privatisation process of the PHCN which they hope would bring transparency to the billing process.
What do you think PHCN is having a laugh by threatening to publish the names of debtors in national dailies? Would this ensure that debtors pay their bills? What about all the times we’ve stayed without constant light supply? Would people get compensated for the inconvenience?
Besides who cares when we are all sure all our neighbors will appear on the list with us….no shame there.