The Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) has expressed concern over the rising energy theft and illegal connection by residents within the Lekki business unit and threatened to prosecute anyone caught in the act.
The Chief Executive Office of EKEDC, Dr Tinuade Sanda, said this on Friday during the customers’ engagement forum in Lagos tagged: “DisCo’s Energy Theft Awareness Week.”
Catherine Ezeafulukwe, the Chief Customer Experience Officer of EKEDC, who represented Sanda said a high rate of energy theft is the major hindrance to steady power supply within the area.
According to her, the primary objective of the engagement forum in the Lekki district is to improve the quality of supply to the customers.
She said the Disco had achieved this by listening to customer feedback, identifying areas of improvement, and working to ensure better outcomes.
Sanda explained that customers’ criticism would continue to serve as a catalyst for improvement.
She appealed to customers within the axis to join the company in the fight against energy theft, adding that this has continued to negatively impact the supply and distribution of power in the area.
Sanda disclosed that the management of EKEDC is also working with the police and communities’ vigilantes to reduce vandalism on its network.
She said the DisCo had arrested many of the vandals who are currently being prosecuted.
Sanda also decried the illegal activities of ex-officials of EKEDC who were found to have been involved in defrauding customers within the Lekki-Ajah axis, noting that EKEDC has taken actions including suspension and dismissal of staff found guilty of this act.
“This act is now beyond our control because the action is being perpetrated by some ex-officials of EKEDC who no longer work for the organisation, but have a clear understanding of the power network in the area.
“We are committed to arresting these criminals. At the moment, we have devoted resources into cleaning up the system and that is why once these criminals are reported to the authorities, we will follow up the prosecution in the court,” she said.
She, however, advised customers to expose those bypassing meters and energy theft in their areas.
“The fact is that over 80 per cent of these criminals are our old and dismissed staff. We need the cooperation of the general public to help us identify and hand them over to the police.
“It is not in our interest to allow unscrupulous elements to continue to thrive by defrauding our customers,” she said.