– An end to estimated billing is in sight as Buhari directs mass metering
– According to the FG, this is in response to yearnings of Nigerians.
– Also, the president approved waiver of the import levy on meters
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In a drastic effort to put an end to the vexatious and arbitrary estimated billing, President Muhammadu Buhari has finally directed the commencement of a nationwide mass-metering programme.
This was disclosed in a statement on Wednesday, August 26, by Prof. James Momoh, chairman, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).
According to him, Buhari’s directive was in response to yearnings of Nigerians.
Going further, he disclosed that Buhari also approved a waiver of the import levy on meters.
This, he said, will aid the smoot process of supplying the meters with minimal issues and at reasonable costs.
Also, he urged Nigerians to disregard any reports of an arbitrary tariff increase, saying that measures had been put in place to protect the poor and vulnerable in cases of tariff reviews.
Momoh added that customers receiving less than 12 hours of supply will also not experience any change in tariffs.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has barred the 11 Distribution Companies (DisCos) from charging residential customers above an average of N1,800 or 78 kilowatt-hours monthly until meters are provided to such customers.
NERC in an Order 197 signed by its chairman, Professor James Momoh compelled DisCos to meter customers.
NERC said all unmetered residential and commercial customers shall not be invoiced for the consumption of energy if they are not metered by April 2020 when a new tariff will be implemented.
Also recall that the federal government recently advised DisCos to allow other investors into the power sector if they cannot perform their responsibilities.
This was the position of the minister of power, Engineer Sale Mamman while addressing journalists on Wednesday, February 19 after the Federal Executive Council meeting at the State House, Abuja.
Mamman said the current arrangement with the distribution companies is not sustainable.
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