The Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) in Awka, has decried the high rate of meter tempering by consumers in the city.
The Public Affairs Manager of the company in Awka, Mr Frankyn Nwachukwu, told newsmen in Awka that the trend had become worrisome.
Nwachukwu said that in spite of the introduction of pre-paid meter, some unscrupulous people had been by-passing the meters to avoid recharging their meters.
“It is unfortunate that in spite of the punitive measure of N50,000 introduced by the Federal Government to deter people from tampering with the meters, some people still indulged in it.
“We go to the transmission and generation stations to buy power for distribution.
“We demanded for two million megawatts, but unfortunately, people shortchange us.
“They believed that it is their right to consume electricity without paying for it,” Nwachukwu said.
According to him, it is amazing that the elites are the culprits as they prefer to go to the roadside and pay someone to fix electricity for them.
“They are the same people who would condemn the organisation for not performing,” he added.
The manager, who could not say how much the company was owed by consumers, however, disclosed that it was a huge sum of money and appealed to them to pay their debts.
On the delay over the installation of more pre-paid meters in the city, Nwachukwu said that the company was considering whether to continue the contract or not.