The authorities of EKO Electricity Distribution Company Plc (EKEDCP) on Thursday threatened that it would soon commence the publication of the names of energy theft customers within its network.
Speaking in Lagos, the DISCO Chief Executive Officer, Mr Oladele Amoda, revealed that the company was losing over 30 per cent revenue to energy theft monthly.
He bemoaned in shock that those culpable of the offence were educated customers, as they constituted the bulk of energy thieves within its network.
According to him, most of the energy theft customers caught stealing energy without paying were elites living in enlightened areas of our operations.
Amoda stated that he expected them to understand the essence of paying for electricity consumed, but instead, they engaged in stealing electricity.
Consequently, he threatened that the firm would ‘start publishing the names of energy theft customers within our operations in the dailies.’
He said: “We are going to start publishing the names of energy theft customers within our operations in the dailies.
“Most customers caught engaging in energy theft live in lkoyi, Lekki, Victoria Island and most high brow areas.”
He said that activities of the energy thieves and vandalism within its network cost the company over N1 billion monthly.
“In order to monitor our network effectively for fault detection, clearance and track energy theft, the company has awarded contract to automate the network.
“We have introduced specialist software to be used for the supervisory control and data acquisition of customers and faults.
“This is an industrial automation control system at the core of many modern industries to track defaulters and clear technical issues within the network,” he said.