August 14, 2022

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Tricks Used By PHCN Officials To Defraud Nigerians Of Billions

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Still in the throes of suffering perpetrated by the organized crime group called ‘government’, Nigerian citizens in their daily lives are faced with a more heightened series of scams from all aspects of life. If you seek a region in the world that is critically taken over by misery, which can never heal by use of any known experimental panacea (except by a bloody revolution), your search ends in Nigeria because no place compares to it.

Ranging from services of government agencies, services of capitalists/monopolists, the education sector and even places of worship; all are engrossed in worldly ruse. As if Ayi Kwei Armah wrote The Beautiful Ones Are Not Yet Born to describe Nigeria, there still are no signals yet as to
whether there will be any blissful union that will feed a prospective foetus for the birth of a ‘beautiful one’.

How we complain, for we encounter an unbroken existence of the ugly Methuselah that has refused to die! How we wish that the vast pool called Nigeria, could just for one day, experience the beautiful child, even if he would drop the next day! Or, isn’t Nigeria thoroughly hopeless and swamped in chronic stench? To use the road, you pay bribe. To get justice after a rape, you ‘motivate’ the police. To get a contract that you merit, you must ‘tip’. To get your pastor’s assistance in the church, you submit ‘noticeable offering’. Everything is monetized.

With what surfaces as the award winning, most organized monopoly of power scam, the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) schemes up
different phases of compulsory electricity tariff which sets irrational spending traps for all its consumers. On the impression that there’s no option to PHCN, electricity consumers pay outstanding bills for services not rendered and units not consumed. To enhance the swindler’s revenue, PHCN gave a facelift to its scam problem by introducing the digital consumption-reading meter, which will always fleece unsuspecting consumers of electricity. It is a luxury of fortune to be in the PHCN, especially if you are a Senior Manager Marketing (SMM), Service Manager (SM), Business Manager (BM) or you process and fix meters. On every new meter fixed, they get a share; on every threat to disconnect a customer, there’s unaccounted ‘reconnection fee’; on every disconnection, the customer makes a settlement before recovering his/her cables; on new meter procurement, the PHCN staff earn on the processing; on every job executed, they have a part  It is a bonanza!

Here is a cursory examination of how the PHCN scam unfolds and spirals down:

STAGE ONE  ESTIMATED BILLING AND TARIFFS

Billing registers as the first phase of extorting electricity consumers. PHCN scamming codes include R2 and R3 for Resident consumers; while, C2 and C3 are the ‘criminal’ codes for business users. The nature of the building determines the tariff to be billed. If it is a small shop with only a unit of bulb, it is a commercial place. A shop owner who only uses two bulbs and a ceiling fan are billed N7,000 monthly by ‘estimation’ on
C2 tariff plan.

STAGE TWO DISCONNECTION

Poor customers who delay in payment of the outrageous PHCN bill are disconnected. Yet after disconnection, bills still roll in for the period without connection. This causes the client to be forced to pay for reconnection in addition to the bills accumulated during the period without
connection. It is so dangerous to continue without connection to the scam.

STAGE THREE  CUSTOMER COMPLAINTS

Displeased customers from schema level above are advised by the PHCN marketers to lodge complaints at the scam office, and that ultimately
leads the customer to where he gets real orientations on how to join the mainstream of the elites fraud system. At the scam office, client is advised to acquire prepaid meter so as to be charged based on consumption. Customer therefore slips into the trap of prepaid meter system.

STAGE FOUR  PREPAID METER SCAM

To purchase a prepaid meter, a customer first pays N25,000 bank draft in favour of PHCN, while he continues to maintain the monthly bills.
The meter, paid for by the customer, is the property of PHCN regardless. Paying for the meter does not guarantee it would be given. There are thousands of customers who paid for this meter since 2007 and still have seen no signals yet, whether their meters will be delivered tomorrow. Hence, a client that desperately needs to have his meter unit pays extra N10,000 as ‘processing fee’, totalling N35,000 or N40,000 in most cases.

In their general nature, tolerant Nigerians welcomed the blinking meter device and absorbed the explanations given by the epileptic power company. The meter will supposedly deduct the recharged units based on consumption. However, there are hidden service charges of either N20 daily for individual resident phase users on the prepaid meter, and N40 daily charge for single phase commercial users and N51.70 for three-phase commercial users on the prepaid meter. Whether there’s power supply or not, resident consumers pay averagely N600 every month. In this system, if a consumer visits the PHCN meter card recharging office with N1,000, the money is treated as follows:

Deduct N20 multiplied by the number of days from last recharge

Obtain the balance from the above to issue new recharge units.

Hence, if Mr. Eze paid N1,000 as a resident user and it is already 50 days that he last recharged, he will have no units recharged (N20 daily access fee since last recharge x 50 days). He has to return home to get extra funds for a new recharge.

As if procuring the meter ends the story of billing, “Hell no!” says PHCN. Bills continue to roll in after meter procurement. The bill has to be paid to the last kobo before it would be closed.

The long-existing scam PHCN inherited from NEPA is giving out questionable bills even where the transformer serving the whole area has
been faulty for over six months. For those who have procured the meter, it translates to a monthly N1,200 for resident users and N1,551 for business users on three phases without a blink at all. Consumers without meters pay are billed a monthly N4, 750 for resident users and N7, 000 for little shop ‘commercial’ users on estimation. Are consumers not supposed to pay for services rendered to them?

With the planned hike in tariff by the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) in January 2012, coupled with the proposed fuel
subsidy removal and other inhumane, anti-masses government treatments, if the biblical interpretation that Hell is characterized by gnashing of teeth is something to go by, Nigeria will be a perfect symbol of Hell.

Citizen Reporter

9 thoughts on “Tricks Used By PHCN Officials To Defraud Nigerians Of Billions

  1. Wat is God’s business in this matter? Is it God they are scamming or is it God that is dashing PHCN their hard-earned money?
    Opimoko is an example of a “typical Nigerian” who does noting for himself but prays to God all night and day, to do something for him! Did the Bible not say “Work and Pray” or am l reading a different one? Nope, never seen “pray and pray” before.
    If it took one oppressed Tunisian to upturn the system in Tunisia and that set the stage for Egypt, Libya, Yemen, Syria, Bahrain e.t.c, why are you here asking for God to come down and protest on your behalf?
    Like Fela Anikulapo Kuti said “Suffering and Smiling” (l recommend you listen to that album everyday til you wake-up!
    Nigerians can deliver themselves in a single day, if they chose to but l guess they are too selfish to sacrifice for themselves, not to talk of their children.
    No be only God go deliver you, Satan sef go join hand put; docile slowpokes!

  2. It is only in this country that you buy a metre and yet it remains the property of the seller. Y would what one has paid for to the tune of twenty five thousand naira remain the property of Power Holding Authority of Nigeria – PHCN? Na so them they charge metre maintenance fee even when the metre no work and dem dey give you estimated bill. Haba! wen time reach all of us go no wetin to do with dem and dem Senior tief them wey dey collect salary for work wey dem no do for Abuja ‘legislathief’ Now Advanced State Suckers NASS. May the spirit of the Arab Spring ‘invade’ and help cleanse our land. Amen. Somebody shout Halleluia!!

  3. You did not cover all the avenues of NEPA fraud. The most annoying one is the collaboration with viewing centers during important football matches. It has been proven that PHCN collaborates with viewing centers during Champions League, World Cup, some premiership matches-especially MAN U, and even when Nigeria is playing international matches. And after they seized the light throughout the duration of the matches they would turn around and collect money from consumers in order to repair the light for them. It is so frustrating and it’s time Nigerians should wake up and begin to sue PHCN to court for all these atrocities.

  4. WE HAVE TO WAKE UP TO ALL THIS NONSENSE CAUSED BY OUR SO CALLED UNREASONABLE GOVERNMENT, THEY MAKE LIFE MISERABLE FOR AN AVERAGE NIGERIA.
    AS LONG AS WE REMAIN QUITE, WE WILL REMAIN IN ABJECT PAIN AND POVERTY.
    REVOLUTION… REVOLUTION…… REVOLUTION………

  5. the worst of this situation is the inhuman behaviour of the junior staff compare to that of the senior who are in the background and helms of the whole affairs owing to own administerative policy tosuit selves,

  6. GEJ should try and privatize PHCN fast because, this another cabal exploiting Nigerians without pity or mercy, they are celebrated criminal especially the PHCN OFFICIALS at Adelabu office in Surulere, thieves

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