PHED refutes report on payment demand to install pre-paid meters

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By Joseph Afam

The Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED) has called urged the public to ignore stories doing the rounds that it is demanding money before installing pre-paid meters to its customers at Rumuomasi.

According to a statement released on Thursday and signed by its Manager, Corporate Communications, John Onyi, those “masquerading” as meter installers for the company thereby exploiting the public, are “unidentified persons”.

The company said PHED has not instructed anybody either directly or indirectly, to act on its behalf with the purpose of collecting any money before smart meters are installed.

PHED said in the last meeting held with the people and chiefs of the Rumuomasi kingdom, it was made clear that “meters are free”.

“In the light of this, if anybody comes to you to demand gratification or his action suggests that, please call the PHED anti-corruption hotline, 09085555055 or accost the person and hand him over to the police. And if your abode is skipped without being metered, also call the PHED attention to it,” it said

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Godwin Okafor is a financial journalist, Internet Social Entrepreneur and the Founder Naija247news Media Ltd He has over 16 experiences in journalism, which cuts across traditional and digital media. He started his journalism career in Business Day, Where he was a senior editorial graphic artist, before he left to start Naija247news, An Online Financial Newspaper in 2010. He has won series of awards and he is the chairman of Emmerich Resources Limited, the publisher of Naija247news.com and also sits on the board of Students In Business Awards, (SIBA).

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