The total number of electricity consumers with prepaid meters increased by 6.23 per cent to 1,589,805 in the first three months of this year from 1,496,586 in the fourth quarter of 2017.

Almost five years after the privatisation of the power sector, many consumers continue to groan over estimated billing as demand for prepaid meters from distribution companies remains unmet. The Benin Electricity Distribution Company has the highest figure with 17.79 per cent (260,667) of the total customers metered, according to latest data from the National Bureau of Statistics.

It was closely followed by the Abuja Disco with 16.40 per cent (282,868 meters) and the Ibadan Disco with 15.99 per cent (254,261 meters). The NBS, in its power sector report for the first quarter of 2018, revealed that the Yola Disco recorded the least percentage of the total customers metered with 2.35 (37,329 meters).