The Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) has begun the distribution of 104,000 free meters allotted to Oyo State.
The distribution is under the Federal Government National Mass Metering Scheme.
The company assured its teeming customers of seamless distribution, warning the members of the public to be wary of fraudulent people.
It should be noted that a total of one million meters are being distributed across the six geo-political zones.
Speaking on the exercise, the Head, Customers Support of IBEDC, Mr Ayo Adio, warned electricity consumers against dubious practices such as bribery, lobbying to get meters.
He said “We are here to launch the National Mass Metering for the Federal Government. These are free meters so customers are not paying for it. The essence is to discourage estimated billing that a lot of customers have been complaining about.
“We believe that within a few weeks, most of the customers that are designated for meters would have it installed in their premises.
“We have our distribution strategy so that it would not depend on ‘man know man.’ It will be such that areas that have been designated would be metered as they are supplied. The customers that don’t have meters on the transformer would all fully be metered before we move to the next. You won’t have the opportunity of getting connected through any senior officer. It is an organised way of meeting our customers’ needs. There is nothing anybody can do to fast track it.
“This is the first batch of one million free meters. What we have for Ibadan DISCO is 104,000. As we take delivery within the next few weeks, we would distribute to our customers. Under this system, it is not possible for any of our staff to be mischievous because we are going to keep track as we meter any customer. It will get everywhere. People just have to be patient.
“The strategy that we have employed is to look at a particular area and meter all the customers that are unmetered. Our focus is on people who don’t have meters. We can meter those with faulty meters. There is no point to change analogue meters that are not faulty.”
He stated the era of paying for meters had gone.
He assured that t those who had paid but had not been metered would be refunded through the conversion of their money to units.