Electricity consumers in Nigeria will henceforth pay a maximum of ₦36,000 for single phase and ₦67,000 for three-phase electricity meters to be installed at their premises by approved third-party meter providers of the distribution companies (DisCos).
This is in line with the Meter Asset Providers (MAPs) scheme, designed by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to facilitate massive deployment of meters to electricity consumers, close up the huge metering gap, and reduce the estimated billing practice, which shortchanges consumers.
A statement issued by Dr. Usman Abba Arabi, NERC’s General Manager, Public Affairs, said the commission had issued MAPs permits to agents that were successful in the procurements conducted by Abuja and Jos Discos. It said the approval of MAPs agents for Abuja and Jos Discos was in accordance with section 4(3) of the MAP Regulations 2018, which requires all electricity distribution licensees to engage MAPs that would assist, as investors, in closing the metering gap and eliminating the practice of estimated billing in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI).
Accordingly, NERC said Abuja Disco had appointed Mojec
International Limited, Meron Consortium, and Turbo Engineering Limited to
provide 487,000, 213,000 and 200,000 meters, respectively. It said Jos Disco
had appointed a consortium of Triple 7 and Mojec International Limited to
provide 500,000 meters to customers under their networks.
The power regulatory agency explained that it had directed that the rollout of meters should commence no later than May 1. It added that customers of Abuja and Jos Discos should expect meters to be installed in their premises within 10 working days of making payment to MAPs, after the rollout date, in accordance with section 18 (3) of the MAP Regulations 2018.
NERC stated, “MAPs shall charge a maximum of ₦36, 991.50 for single phase meters and ₦67, 055.85 for three phase meters. These costs are inclusive of supply, installation, maintenance and replacement of meters over its technical life.
“The Commission shall monitor closely the rollout plan of distribution licensees and overall compliance with the regulation and various service agreements by the MAP and electricity distribution licensees.”