The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) is working to ensure that firms, which applied to serve as meter asset providers under the new metering arrangements, begin operation soon, its officer in charge of Meter Asset Providers (MAPs), Mr Shittu Shuaibu, has said.
In an interview with The Nation on phone, he said the Commission is not leaving any stone unturned to ensure the success of the new metering scheme, which culminated in the introduction of the meter asset providers, as a third-party in the distribution and supply of electricity meters to the customers.
Shuaibu said: “Meter asset providers are likely to start operation very soon as the regulator is working hard to ensure they are licensed to carry out the responsibilities of metering the unmetered customers in the country.”
Meanwhile, stakeholders are upbeat on the future of the scheme, adding that the flagging off of the new metering scheme and subsequently meter asset providers, marked a new dawn in the sector, which has for long been grappling with problems such as acute shortage of meters, estimated billings and huge arrears of unpaid bills, ostensibly owed by electricity consumers.
The Nation, Thursday 21, February.
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