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Electricity Companies Ordered To Install Meters Or Stop Charging New Tariff

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission – NERC has issued a 14-day ultimatum to electricity distribution companies (DISCOs) that are in violation of its Order to submit a list of all customers who paid for meters since January 2011, and commence metering them with immediate effect.

“Any DISCO that does not comply with this new directive will be barred from collecting the new electricity tariff”, Chairman/CEO NERC - Dr. Sam Amadi says.

In a letter dated 19th July, the Commission expressed its utter dismay that all DISCOs have been in complete violation of the order as it relates to customers who have made payments within the given time frame, and have not been identified for immediate metering.
 
“NERC views this conduct as totally unresponsive, and undermining the effort of the reform”- Amadi.

NERC had earlier in the year issued an Order on CAPMI – Credited Advance Payment for Metering Implementation. CAPMI was a response by the regulator to address the lingering issue of non-issuance of meters by the electricity companies. CAPMI allows for any interested and willing customer to advance money to their electricity distribution company and in return will be given electricity credit until the cost of the meter has been recovered by the customer.

The CAPMI Order, amongst other things, stipulated that all distribution companies forward to NERC data of all customers who paid for meters but had not been supplied.

It can be recalled that in 2011, a N2.9billion metering intervention fund was made available to the companies with a view to closing the unacceptable metering gap. One year after, no appreciable progress was made by the companies, and this compelled NERC to demand for performance reports from the DISCOs. Eight of the twelve DISCOs submitted reports that fell far short of the requirements of NERC. The rest did not submit any report of how they spent the money.

The DISCOs were further warned that failure to comply with the 14-day ultimatum would also compel the Commission to institute enforcement procedures that may result in the removal of a Chief Executive Officer of an electricity distribution company.


Maryam Yaya Abubakar - Assistant General Manager, Media
email: mabubakar@nercng.org

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