NIGERIA currently has over 22 million unregistered electricity consumers, Director General of the National Power Training Institute of Nigeria, Engr. Rueben Okeke, said on Thursday. Okeke made the disclosure while speaking on the topic ‘Science and technology challenges in a depressed economy’ at the 4th Professor Barth Nnaji Biennial Lecture Series organised by Enugu State University of Science and Technology, in Agbani, Enugu.
Okeke explained that the country loses a huge amount of revenue due to the large number of unregistered electricity consumers. Citing records from the National Bureau of Statistics, he noted that out of about 28 million households in the country 5.2 million were registered electricity consumers while 22.8 million have not been captured.
The implication of the development was what he described as ‘a great loss of revenue’. Okeke said, “The implication is apt and clear such that people should understand it – if you have not registered somebody in your billing system, you cannot collect money from that person.
“Therefore, the implication first is that any unregistered electricity consumer that has not been registered in the billing system will not be getting bill to make payments and that is a great loss to the utility. Out of 28 million households in Nigeria, as published by the Bureau of Statistics, we have about 5.2 million households that are in the grid network from which money is made to sustain power generation.
“If less than 30 per cent of those using electricity are not paying, or if less than 30 per cent of those using electricity are paying, the remaining 66 per cent that are not registered but they are using electricity – maybe not all of them – but at least 50 to 60 per cent of that number may be using electricity but they are not registered, and if they are not registered, they will not get bill, and that is a great loss.” – Punch
— Dec 8, 2016 @ 16:58 GMT