What is the Best Way to Pay for Electricity Bills in Nigeria?


We started with meters then moved on to card prepaid meter system and we started paying for our electricity bills at NEPA/PHCN office then, we could pay through banks which reduced the stress everyone had to face because NEPA/PHCN office used to get too crowded with day-long queues. 

We have however moved on to the next phase of how we pay for electricity bills in Nigeria.
The new phase is a combination of your prepaid card meter number, internet, ATM card, smartphone or computer and a payment gateway. This new system is fast, convenient and secure.



In this new phase of electricity bills payment in Nigeria, the old payment to NEPA/PHCN offices and banks options is still in existence so it’s a hybrid system where we have both the old and new method of paying electricity bills in Nigeria.

prepaid meters in nigeria

What’s the Best Way to Pay for Electricity Bills in Nigeria?

Since electricity bills payment is a hybrid system, there are two ways of paying for this service in Nigeria.
  • PHCN Cash Offices method
  • Online Payment method

PHCN Cash Office Method

The cash method involves going to a PHCN office with your cash and meter number to make payment for electricity bills.

Requirements for this method

  • Cash
  • Meter Number
  • Patience

CASH – PHCN OFFICE – METER NUMBER – PAYMENT – HOME – INSERT CODE.

This method is still popular among Nigerians because some people just love the traditional idea of holding cash and making payment, collecting receipt and going back home to input your code.

This method still appeals to a lot of Nigerians because they are physically and manually involved in every process making the process look more real and trustworthy in their sight.

This still doesn’t mean it’s the best way to pay your electricity bills, because there are pros and cons to this method.

Advantages

  • Physical involvement in the process
  • Seems more trustworthy
  • Looks safer and risk-free

Disadvantages

  • Physical stress
  • Your time can be wasted when you encounter queues or network failures
  • Cost of transportation to your closest PHCN cash office
  • Human factors e.g. rudeness of the attendant or he/she doesn’t know what to do which results in human error and loss of cash.
  • Closing hours, Weekend, Public holidays; their offices would be closed and you can’t make payment until Monday or end of the holiday season.
  • Using EKEDC has an example, there are 28 cash offices where you can simply walk into to pay your electricity bills.


CASH OFFICES IN LAGOS
ADDRESS
1
DISTRICT OFFICE
Agbara BU Office, Agbara Industrial Estate, Agbara
2
DISTRICT OFFICE
Apapa BU Office, Itapeju Avenue, Apapa
3
BADIA
Badia Sub-Station, Gaskiya College Road
4
AJEROMI
Ajeromi UT Office, Cardoso Street, Ajegunle
5
AJEGUNLE
Ajegunle UT Office, Idewu Street, Ajegunle
6
DISTRICT OFFICE
Festac BU Office, S Close, 23 Road, Festac Town
7
DISTRICT OFFICE
Ijora BU Office, Off Apapa Road, Ijora
8
IGANMU U/TAKIN OFFICE
Iganmu UT Office, Adelabu Street, Surulere
9
SURULERE
Surulere UT Office, Akerele Street, Surulere
10
ONIKE
Onike UT Office, Iwaya Road, Onike
11
YABA
Cash Office by Adekunle Police Station, Yaba
12
DISTRICT OFFICE
Lekki BU Office, Agungi Bus Stop, Lekki-Epe Expressway
13
AJAH U/TAKING OFFICE
Ajah UT Office, Thomas Estate, Off Ado Badore Road, Ajah
14
IBEJU
Ibeju Office, after Sangotedo Off Epe Expressway, Ibeju Lekki
15
DISTRICT OFFICE
Ojo UT Office, opp LASU, off Badagry Expressway
16
IBA ESTATE
Iba Cash Office, Iba Housing Estate, Igando Road, Iba
17
DISTRICT OFFICE
Orile BU Office, Jimoh Odutola Street, Iganmu
18
COKER
Coker Sub-Station, Coker Bus Stop, Orile
19
AGUDA
Akangba Sub-Station, Off Adelabu Street, Surulere
20
MUSHIN
Mushin Office, Oshodi Expressway, Five Star Area
21
LAWANSON
Lawanson UT Office, by Jibowu Under Bridge, Yaba
22
LUTH
LUTH Sub-Station, Ishaga Road, Idi Araba, Mushin
23
IJESHA
Ijesha Office, Ijeshatedo Road, Ijesha
24
DISTRICT OFFICE
Islands BU Office, Bar Beach, VI
25
MOLONEY
Moloney Cash Office, near Police HQ Annex, Moloney Street, Lagos
26
IDUMAGBO
Idumagbo UT Office, Idumagbo Avenue, Lagos Island
27
IKOYI UNDERTAKING UNIT
Ikoyi UT Office, Opp. NNPC, Kingsway Road, Ikoyi
28
AJELE
Ajele Cash Office, Campos Street, Ajele

Online Payment Method

This is the new method of paying utility bills like electricity bills, cable tv, internet bills and so on. What this means is that you no longer have to go to any PHCN cash office to pay your electricity bills, you can pay from anywhere, at any time.

Requirements of this method

What do you need to have before you can pay electricity bills using the online payment method?
  • Internet connection
  • ATM Card – VISA, MasterCard or Verve.
  • Smartphone or computer
  • PHCN account number or meter number
  • Your phone number
  • Valid email address
  • Utility bills Payment gateway – What payment gateway is the best for paying electricity bills in Nigeria? PayElectricityBills.

PayElectricityBills

PayElectricityBills

Using PayElectricityBills, you can easily pay your electricity bills, pay PHCN from all 11 discos currently serving the whole of Nigeria.

With PayElectricityBills, you get simple bill payments from the comfort of your home. 

How to Use PayElectricityBills

Pay for Electricity Bills in Nigeria

To start paying your electricity from the comfort of your home follow these 3 easy steps.
  1. Select your disco
  2. Enter your meter details
  3. Make payment

1. Select your Disco

A disco is an electricity distribution company, which has obtained the proper licenses involved to distribute power in a state. We currently have 11 electricity distribution company (Discos) in Nigeria regulated by The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).

electricity discos in nigeria

There are 11 different discos in Nigeria. Check your meter to verify which disco company you belong to but it's most likely if you stay in Lagos, you would be serviced by EKEDC which stands for Eko Electricity Distribution Company.

2. Enter your Meter Details

This is the second step, which requires you to input your correct meter details. Enter your meter account details; make sure it's correct. If it's not correct then you would receive an error message "incorrect details. Please check and try again". 

You are required to correctly enter your meter details in 5 different boxes.


  • Account/Meter Number
  • Payer's full name
  • Email address (A working email address is required)
  • Phone number (Use a valid working phone number because your token would be generated and sent to your phone number).
  • Amount
After entering your correct meter details, click continue.

3. Make Payment

After your information has been verified you would be taken to a secure checkout page where you input your card information and now it's time to pay your electricity bills online using PayElectricityBills online payment platform, which has saved you a lot of time, money and stress. 

Payment is done using credit cards like Verve, MasterCard, VISA and so on.



Your token will be generated and sent to your mobile phone number and email address. Input the token code into your meter to complete the process.

You just successfully paid your electricity bills without going out or standing in long queues, you did everything from the comfort of your home, office, anywhere and at any time of the day.


So which is the best way to pay for electricity bills in Nigeria? Leave a comment below.
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