A bill to amend the Electric Power Reform Act, which will prohibit and criminalize estimated billing by Electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos), has passed third reading in the House of Representatives.
The house unanimously voted in favour of the bill when it was put to voice vote by the deputy speaker, Yussuf Lassun, at the plenary on Tuesday.
The bill, which was sponsored by the leader of the house, Femi Gbajabiamila, had scaled public hearing on June 5, 2018.
At the hearing, Gbajabiamila had said there was nowhere in the world where electricity customers are billed arbitrarily as it is in Nigeria.
He said the estimated billing could only be used in situations where the meter of the consumers could not be accessed by the energy company.
The house leader argued that the DisCos had accepted estimated billing as normal practice.
“Any regulation that allows estimation of bills when the actual consumption can be ascertained is against natural justice and equity and should not stand,’’ Gbajabiamila said.
He said the bill when passed, would put an end to the estimated billing by the DisCos, stressing that it would result in a win-win situation for both the consumers and the companies.
“The bill will ensure that prepaid meters are installed in all houses, so long as the customers applied for the meters,’’ he added.