By Ignatius Ushie
Revenue targets by power distribution companies are set based on the electricity consumption of consumers, the Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors has said. This was contained in a statement by ANED Executive Director, Research and Advocacy, Sunday Oduntan.
ANED, the umbrella body for the Discos, argued that it was wrong to claim that Discos extort electricity consumers due to their high revenue targets, adding that bills issued to power users were a reflection of their energy consumption.
According to the statement, “One of the allegations that is gaining grounds of late is that Disco marketers are given revenue targets and it is in their quests to meet these targets that they supposedly ‘extort’ customers and give bills that do not reflect electricity consumption.
“What is being discussed here are what should be rightly termed ‘receivables’. This is money earned by the Discos based on the energy consumed.”
He explained that Discos set commercial, operations, technical and customer service targets for their staff.
Oduntan said, “The commercial targets in our case are specific and based on what has been consumed. Setting targets does not mean conjuring figures to meet those targets. We go out to collect what is owed. That is legitimate”.