Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, has appealed to the Federal Government to extend its ‘whistle blowing’ policy to the power sector to check energy theft.
Fashola made the appeal in Enugu at the 16th Power sector monthly meeting, sponsored by the Niger Delta Power Holding Company.
According to Fashola, available statistics showed immense energy theft by Nigerians, which has become a huge problem not just for the power distribution companies, but consumers as well.
He said if nothing is done to curb energy theft, those who pay for energy consumption will continue to bear the overall cost.
He explained that statistics showed that only six million households consumed energy in the country. “The statistics cannot be correct and it is therefore necessary to extend whistle blowing to the power sector in order to expose those stealing our energy,” he said.
The minister said households captured by the distribution companies are bound to pay more tariffs, when some households who also use energy are not captured.
Fashola urged Nigerians to be vigilant and report anyone who steals energy in their neighbourhood to law enforcement agencies.
He added that the Federal Government was not satisfied with most power distribution companies, because they are far from attaining the mandate given to them since the privatisation of the sector.
The minister directed the distribution companies to call their staff to order, saying “they are giving their customers hard times through indiscriminate disconnections.
He said more megawatts of electricity would be added to the national grid before the end of the year, as effort to improve the power supply across the country.