Estimated Billing To Attract One Year Jail Term As Reps Pass Bill To Reform Power Sector

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The House of Representatives on Thursday passed three bills sponsored by the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, one of which seeks to criminalise estimated billing of electricity consumers by distribution companies.

When the proposed law is concurred with by the Senate and assented to by the President, it will become criminal for service providers to issue estimated bills, also known as ‘crazy bills’, issuance of which 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 prepaid meter to an applicant within 30 days, while barring the DISCOs from disconnecting the consumer after the 30-day period within which meter should be installed.

The Electric Power Sector Reform Act (Amendment) Bill 2018, which Gbajabiamila, then as Majority Leader, presented in the Eighth National Assembly, was re-presented in July 2019.

The bill is entitled, ‘A bill for an act to amend the electric power sector reforms Act to prohibit and criminalise estimated billing by electricity distribution companies and provide for compulsory installation of pre-paid meters to all power consumers in Nigeria and other related matters.’

Leading the debate on the bill, Gbajabiamila condemned the DISCOs for whimsically issuing estimated bills on a monthly basis.

“This billing is not known by any scientific rule,” he stated.

The House also passed a bill seeking to to make Federal Government ministries, departments and agencies reserve 20 per cent of job slots for persons living with disabilities.

It is entitled, “A bill for an act to provide that 20 per cent of jobs available in all Federal Government ministries, departments, agencies and companies be distributed amongst the physically challenged persons in Nigeria and for other matters connected thereto.’
Another bill passed was one seeking to create a bank that grants interest-free loans to students of tertiary institutions in the country.

The bill is entitled, ‘A bill for an act to provide easy access to higher education for Nigerians through interest-free loans Nigerian Education Bank established in this act with a view to providing education for all Nigerians.’

The bill stated that the provision of the proposed law shall apply to all matters pertaining to the application and grant of loans to Nigerians seeking admission into institutions of higher learning in Nigeria through the Nigerian Education Bank.



Baye77 at 4-10-2019 08:40AM (5 months ago)
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If only it can come to a reality...
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Henrybobo at 4-10-2019 08:42AM (5 months ago)
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Quote from: Baye77 on  4-10-2019 08:40AM
If only it can come to a reality...
Abi o
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blowout at 4-10-2019 08:45AM (5 months ago)
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Proposals and implementation are worlds apart in Nigeria
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scottchris at 4-10-2019 09:29AM (5 months ago)
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na today?

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kaposky at 4-10-2019 11:21AM (5 months ago)
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USELESS AND COWARDICE LAW MAKERS, UNA 30 DAYS DEADLINE NO DEY FINISH, SINCE APRIL THIS YEAR, U FOOLS KEEP SAYING 30 DAYS, 30 DAYS, AND 30 DAYS,  BLOODY INCOMPETENT FOOLS
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Doyourworst at 4-10-2019 11:46AM (5 months ago)
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All na wash!....useless Bunch of thieves!.
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