NERC fines 4 DisCos over customer complaint reports

THE Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has fined  four electricity distribution companies over failure to treat customers’ complaints and submit their  statutory quarterly reports to the commission.

This, according to the commission is a breach of their licensing terms and conditions, provisions of the Electric Power Sector Reform Act 2005 and regulations of the commission.

In a statement issued in Abuja by the Head of Public Relations Unit, Mr Michael Faloseyi, the commission said that the erring licencees has been asked to pay fines of various sums within two weeks, beginning from July 25, 2016 when the directives were signed by the acting Chairman, Dr. Anthony Akah, and General Manager, Legal, Licensing and Enforcement, Mrs Olufunke Dinneh.

The  fines, it said attracts five per cent daily interests until remedial steps are taken.

The statement disclosed that two of the erring companies, Port Harcourt and Enugu electricity distribution companies were sanctioned for their failure to submit quarterly reports on their key performance indicators, whereas Ibadan and Ikeja electricity distribution companies were fined over failure to attend to customers’ complaints severally referred to them.

According to Directive 152, Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) flouted the Electric Power Sector Reform (EPSR) Act 2005, its licensing terms and conditions as well as NERC Customer Complaints  Handling: Standards and Procedures (CCHSP) Regulation 2006.

The statement reads;“The Commission received several complaints directly from electricity customers in IBEDC operational jurisdiction, based on which same was forwarded via letters dated October 27, 2015 and April 15, 2016 to IBEDC’s Customer Care Unit for resolution, in line with CCHSP, 2006.

“However, IBEDC failed or refused to comply with the Commission’s request/directive to resolve the customer complaints in accordance with the provisions of the CCSHP 2006.”

IBEDC was subsequently fined N10, 000.00 on each of the three grounds of misdemeanour beginning from April 22, 2016 till July 25, 2016, which totalled N2, 850, 000 due for payment within two weeks beginning from the July date when the directives was signed.

In a related development, Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company (IKEDC) was in Directive 151 found guilty on three grounds of violating its licensing terms and conditions, EPSR Act 2005 and CCHSP that compelled it to obey every directives of the Commission, treat customers complaints within a stipulated time frame as well as oblige the regulator every information sought from the company.

The company was, therefore, fined N10, 000. 00 per day on each of the three ground of misdemeanour beginning from April 22, 2016 till July 25, 2016 when the directive was signed.