The House of Representatives said on Monday that it had no plan to step down a proposed bill to criminalise estimated billing by electricity distribution companies in the country.
The bill, which seeks to amend the Electricity Power Sector Reforms Act, has successfully passed second reading and the public hearing stage.
It seeks to outlaw estimated billing and prescribes penalties for Discos that fail to supply prepaid meters to their customers within 30 days of applying to be connected to power.
The bill, sponsored by the Leader of the House, Mr. Femi Gbajabiamila, prescribes penalties ranging from a fine of N500,000 to N1m or a prison term of six months.
The bill provides partly read:
“All electricity charges or billings to the premises of every consumer shall be based strictly on pre-paid metering and no consumer shall be made to pay any bill without a pre-paid meter first being installed at the premises of the consumer.”
However, after the House concluded a public hearing on the bill last week, many Discos opposed the bill and threatened mass disconnection of power to premises should the law come into effect.