The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) said it was ready to deploy 222,728 prepaid meters for its customers in the Federal Capital Territory, Kogi, Niger and Nasarawa States.
In a statement issued on Monday by the company’s Head of Corporate Communications, Oyebode Fadipe, the power firm said the deployment of the meters, valued at about N10 billion, was under the second phase of the company’s mass metering programme and it is expected to kick off on Wednesday, August 8, 2018.
The company had in the first phase of its mass metering project, installed about 150,000 meters for its customers across its coverage area, according to Fadipe.
He said the effort was part of the company’s resolve to ensure 100 percent metering of its customers to boost public confidence in its billing process.
Fadipe said the installation was also to complement the Meter Asset Provider (MAP) scheme, initiated by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to accelerate metering of electricity consumers across the country.
Recall that the NERC had introduced the MAP regulations to eliminate estimated billing practice, attract private investment into the provision of metering services, and bridge the over five million metering gap through accelerated meter rollout.
The MAP regulations mandate electricity DisCos to engage meter assets providers, who will provide funding, procurement, installation, repair and replacement of meters, to meet DisCos’ metering obligations to their consumers.
By the new regulation, the responsibility of issuing meters to power consumers was shifted from the DisCos to the meter assets providers.
But, Fasipe said AEDC was implementing the second phase of its mass metering project in partnership with Meron Consortium, a group comprising meter manufacturers, financiers, installers and advisory services firms, noting that talks were also ongoing to engage other meter providers.
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