FOR allegedly collecting more than N46 million from some Abuja residents to supply them electricity meters, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) may sue a firm, CITEC. But the firm has denied procuring the meters illegally, adding that it got the Power Holding Company of Nigeria’s (PHCN) nod.
The NERC’s Deputy Manager, Enforcement, Mr. Chijoke Obi, who led the team, said: “A firm, CITEC, demanded and illegally collected the sum of N40,000 and N60,000 from tenants of an Abuja estate purporting same to be for the purchase and installation of individual pre-paid meters in the estate”.
He said the amount totaled about N46 million and they have “withheld the said sum and have not remitted same to the PHCN as it is statutorily required.”Obi said for the company to engage in electricity distribution and trading, beside the illegality of the act, which violated the Electricity Power Supply Reform (EPSR) Act 2005, amounted to “criminal breach of trust”.
Also, Project Manager of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, Hauwa Mohammed, said “CITEC is not licensed to import any meter into the country and PHCN did not give the company the go-ahead to procure meters for residents of the estate. But CITEC’s Director of Services, Jinadu Nurude, said although they procured meters for the estate residents, it was with PHCN’s consent.
Nurude added: “The meters are there, over 2000 of them are in the store. “We wrote a letter to NERC and PHCN with a sample of the meter and PHCH certified them and they are calibrated”.