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KEDCO begins distribution of 475, 000 meters in 3 states. Why it matters

Consumers with prepaid meters rose to 1.59m in Q1 2018 –NBS

The management of Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) has announced its decision to commence the distribution of 475,000 meters to its customers in Kano, Katsina and Jigawa States.

This was contained in a statement signed by its Head of Corporate Communications, Ibrahim Shawai, in Kano on Sunday.

The move is in line with the directive of the Nigerian Electricity Regulation Commission (NERC) to all electricity distributors to enforce the provision of meters for all customers.

KEDCO announced that the metering would commence on Tuesday, saying that the prices for single and three-phase meters were fixed at N35,033.35 and N63,863.72.

Shawai said, “This will cover all KEDCO franchise areas and immediately after the launch on Tuesday, the vendors will begin metering across board.

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“This is one directive among many that KEDCO has been abiding by as a company and one that seeks to reduce all complaints from the estimated billing system in our quest to ensure that our customers get value for their money in line with best global practices that befit a distribution company of the contemporary time.

“The five vendors and the breakdown of the meter rollout plan are, Mojec International, 175,000 for Kano Central and East; Cresthill Engineering Limited, 100,000 for Katsina North and South; Armese Consulting Limited, 100,000 for Kano Industrial and Jigawa South; Momas, 50,000 for Kano West and Katsina Central, and Meron Nigeria Limited, 50,000 for Jigawa North.

“The prices set by NERC remain the official prices. The prices for single and three-phase meters were fixed at N35,033.35 and N63,863.72, respectively, excluding VAT.”

Metering remains a huge challenge in efforts to fully deregulate Nigeria’s energy sector, as consumers continue to berate relevant agencies for ‘crazy’ or estimated bills. How far the metering exercise progresses across the country remains a matter of conjecture in the face of government’s threats to review the entire privatization deals.

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