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IBEDC begins distribution of free meters in Ibadan

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The Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) has initiated the distribution of 104,000 free meters apportioned to the state under the Federal Government National Mass Metering Scheme.

Talking after the meters were installed at homes of a some of the customers under the Agodi Distribution Center, the Head, Customers Support of IBEDC, Mr Ayo Adio, cautioned electricity consumers of sharp practices, for example, bribery, lobbying or compromising to get the meters.

He said: “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.

He expressed the time of paying for meters had passed, adding the individuals who had paid however were yet to be metered would be discounted through the conversion of their money to units.

A few customers of the company who profited by the motion commended the FG and the distribution company, noticing that the gesture is a huge help from estimated billings.

Areas where the free dispersion occurred to dispatch the activity include, Ikolaba, Agodi, Bodija among different areas in Ibadan, the Oyo state capital city.

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