The Jos Electricity Distribution Plc (JED) says it has provided free meters for 12,000 customers at Rantya community of Jos South Local Government Area (LGA) of Plateau.

Dr Adakole Elijah, Head, Corporate Communications of the company disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Jos.

Elijah said that it’s Managing Director, Mr Abdu Mohammed, said this at the launching of its Investor Financing Metering and POS terminals by the company at Rantya.

The managing director said that the company had commenced the process of metering all its customers, adding that the move would put an end to estimated billings.

”Meterig is the only credible implement of energy measurement and this is why we procured over 12,000 prepaid meters to be installed for customers in Rantya.

“All the houses in this community will be metered end-to-end. There will be no exception.

”It is important to note that we chose the Rantya community to commence this exercise, and that is why we have procured meters in large quantity to cater for the entire feeder in the area.

”Everybody on the feeder shall be metered free of charge,” Eljiah quoted the Mohammed.

Mohammed, who said that the company was poised toward providing excellent services to its customers, warned residents to desist from energy theft.

“I have instructed my colleagues to ensure that supply is steadily and reliably available.

”We also want to implore you to ensure that you do not bypass these meters, we plead with you to protect this entire venture so that we can re-invest to ensure energy availability.

”A single-phase meter costs over N80,000 while a three-phase meter costs over N140,000, but we are giving you these meters free of charge.

”Please take ownership of these meters; Report all faults officially to JED and don’t allow third-party electricians to tamper with the meters, “he appealed.

Mohammed said that the company had engaged the services of the Special Investigation and Prosecution Taskforce on Electricity Offences (SIPTEO), established by the Federal Government whose responsibility is to investigate, prosecute and jail electricity thieves and vandals.

In a brief remarks, Alhaji Mammanlafia Umar, the Chief Operating Officer of the company, urged residents of Rantya to jealously guard the meters against bypass saying.

“Guide this investment jealously to enable us to extend the same gesture to other communities.
”Once these meters are bypassed, it defeats the purpose of the investment.

”We want you to protect these meters such that if you see your neighbours bypassing these meters, you shoud speak out,”he said.

Speaking, the District Head of the Rantya, Da Pam Gyang, thanked the company for the gesture and promised ti ensure the meters are not tampered with.

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