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Pre- paid meter will halt ‘crazy bills’ – Nigerians
paid meter will halt ‘crazy bills’ – Nigerians
Most Nigerians have congratulated the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) over the recent introduction of per-paid meter as the new way of the payment of power bills.
They are also pleading with the government to maintain the statusquo on the new billing policy which was introduced recently.
Jonhpaul Ejiogu, Pat Udeze and Ebuka Izuegbunem
Even as the per-paid meter is much sought after, Nigerians expressed dissatisfaction in the way on PHCN handles billing system. These are some of the reactions from Nigerians who spoke to Saturday Vanguard.
I think it is a welcomed development — Jonhpaul Ejiogu
In my own view, I think it is a welcomed development only if the statusquo for its innovation is maintained. Right now, I have not started using it in my house at Ijegun, but in my office at Apapa, we have started using it. I work as a sales representative with Pet- Rock Ltd. It is good in the sense that you pay for what you consumed because we have really suffered enough from the Power Holding Company.
They will just walk in to your house and give you an estimated bill. They do not read the meter, they will just give you bill based on what they feel like giving you. Even when you try to give them what the meter read, they will just give you what they feel like and they will force you to pay else, you will be disconnected. Sometimes, after disconnecting you, they will go with the wires and when you want to connect back, you have to pay for the re-connection and for the wire too. But in my office now, with the new pre-paid meter, it reduces cost.
At the end of the daily work, when we want to leave the office, we turn off all the lights and electrical appliances and go. When we come back the next day for the day’s normal daily activities, we find out that the meter continues reading from where it stopped the previous day I think it is good. I plead with PHCN to keep on with the good work that they have started by introducing the per-paid meter method.
Before the introduction of this per-paid meter, I have encountered several problems with the PHCN in the quest of trying to pay for my bills. There was a time my meter got burnt, I complained to PHCN, I even missed work for two days just because of that, they took about N15, 000 from me only to give me a fairly used meter. In the process of waiting for the meter, they gave me a huge sum of N13, 000 just for two months.
Though I have not still started using this per-paid meter in my house, I am considering doing so seeing how good it has been ever since we started using it in my office. In my office now, with the new per-paid meter, N2, 000 can last for a month with us. Because we pay for what we used though the light do not come regularly.
They should please try as much as possible not to increase the subscription price. They should make it affordable to the common man. I therefore encourage every Nigerian to give them the support let us see how it goes from there.
The new per-paid meter will be better — Pat Udeze
I think the per-paid meter will be the best for Nigerians, simply because, you will pay for what you consumed. Unlike the previous method whereby they will estimate an amount and force you to pay, else, you will face disconnection. The amount I spend in buying diesel for my business every day as a dry-cleaner is high. After spending such amount on diesel, you will still be made to pay for bills which you didn’t consume.
Where then do we make our profit? And you know my business requires light so much for ironing of cloths and operating other machines else, we lose our customers.
It’s durable—Ebuka Izuegbunem
I think this new per-paid meter is better compared with the old way of payment. It is also more advanced and it serves for a very long time depending on how you use the light. I have found out that when you recharge your per-paid meter, it last longer than the previous method of payment. In my office, we have not started using the method, but where I live, we have started using the method for a long time now and it lasts.
When we are about leaving the house for office, I will bring remove the card to stop the reading, and fix it back when I return.. Infact, it is wonderful, I like it. You know here in Lagos, and some other places, there is a way they build houses whereby one or two flats will be using the same meter, and some people will be taking advantage of that by not paying their bills.
And when PHCN come,they will disconnect the whole building not minding who has paid or not. But with this per-paid meter, it will not be like that again. If you pay, you will use the light and if you don’t, you won’t see light. Nothing like somebody paying for another man’s bill again. Like now in my house, I recharge about N2,000 and it last for me. It even goes beyond a month unlike before.
I therefore advise fellow Nigerians to join the train because, it is good.
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