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A Bill seeking to criminalise the Act of estimated
billings to consumers coming from distribution companies is set to be revisited at the lower chamber of the house of representatives.
When the proposed law is passed by the
National Assembly and assented to by the President, it will become criminal for
service providers to issue estimated billing, also known as ‘crazy bill.’


Its issuance would attract either a one-year
jail term or a fine of N1m or both.
The proposed law would also compel a
Distribution Company to provide pre-paid meter to an applicant within 30 days.
It would also bar the DISCOs from
disconnecting the consumer after the 30-day period within which meters should
be installed.
The Electric Power Sector Reform Act
(Amendment) Bill 2018, which the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, then as Majority
Leader, presented in the 8th  National Assembly, was re-presented in July
2019.
A copy of the bill was sighted by urban
express news correspondent yesterday.
The bill is entitled, ‘A Bill for an Act to
Amend the Electric Power Sector Reforms Act to Prohibit and Criminalise
Estimated Billing by Electric Distribution Companies and Provide for Compulsory
Installation of Pre-Paid Meters to All Power Consumers in Nigeria and Other
Related Matters.’

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