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State government has charged electricity distribution companies to reduce the cost of electricity tariff to ease burden on Ndi Anambra especially in the face of the present economic crisis in the country.

The Commissioner for Power and Public Utilities Mr. Obi Nwankwo gave the charge during a one day town hall meeting held recently in Awka. 
Represented by the Special Adviser to the Governor on Power and Public Utilities Engineer Victor Meju, Mr Nwankwo said some other DISCOS in the country charge less than what is obtained in this part of the country and repeated call for provision of meters to the people.
On his part, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Douglas Mba called on the EEDC to bring in investors so that enough power will be generated and distributed to Ndi Anambra, and announced that the Ministry is designing a dedicated supply of electricity to the government House Awka and environs so as to actualize a minimum of eighteen hours supply of electricity on daily basis.
Earlier in their various presentations on several issues including Metering Asset Providing, Health and safety, Electricity theft among others, some staff of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, Barrister Ada Ozoemena, Regina Osuagwu, Engineer Anthony Ohaeri among others said the Commission is introducing through private arrangement, a new means of providing meters to consumers who will in turn pay for the meters in a period of ten years.
They said that the Meter Asset Provider must be approved by the EEDC to avoid fraud as NERC is interested in ensuring that consumers are given meters which is their right, regretting that they are having delays due to some issues.
The speakers equally advised consumers not to vandalise their meters or build houses or shopd under power lines to avoid obstruction, adding that it is the duty of the meter providers to repair any meter that broke down without further charges, since they will be paying meter charges at the point of recharging their meters.
The General Manager EEDC, Mr. Paul Okeke while reacting to the issue of over and estimated billings as well as the epileptic power supply in parts of the state as raised by participants at the event, said they have expended over ten billion naira on meters and called on consumers to be patient with them as they plan to meter every part of the state by September this year. 
The town hall meeting was organized by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission Awka.

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