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NERC- DisCOs meter 1.09 million customers

According to the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), electricity distribution companies (DisCos) have metered 1,092,399 customers under the Meter Assets Provider (MAP) plan and the National Mass Metering Programme (NMMP)

This was stated by NERC in response to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request from an electricity consumer group for information on the number of meters supplied by DisCos under both programs.

The letter was obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Lagos and signed by the Commission’s Secretary, Mrs Ada Ozoemena, on behalf of the chairman.

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According to NERC, 508,439 clients have been metered so far under the Federal Government’s MAP scheme, which began on October 30, 2020 and aims to reach six million meters by 2023.

According to the regulatory office, 583,960 meters were supplied under the MAP system, with 5,855 clients who had paid for prepaid meters still waiting.

According to NAN, the All Electricity Consumers Protection Forum (AECPF) had requested statistics from NERC on the total number of meters supplied by the DisCos under both programs.

In a letter dated June 28 and signed by Mr Adeola Samuel-Ilori, AECPF’s National Coordinator, the agency was asked to deliver the information within seven days of receiving the letter, as required by Section 4 of the AECPF Act.

While praising NERC for its prompt reaction, Samuel-Ilori stated that the organization had done a study of customers who had paid under the MAP scheme but had yet to get their meters.

He said that the figure was greater than the NERC estimates, and that the group would shortly make FOI requests to the various DisCos to obtain a more complete breakdown.

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