The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) Friday launched sales of meters to its customers in Abuja, Kogi, Niger and Nassarawa states.
The development is in partnership with three Meter Asset Provider (MAP), namely – Mojec International, Turbo Energy and Meron.
The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) had directed the 11 Distribution Companies (DisCos) to begin the sales of the meter to their consumers through their approved vendors since May 1.
Speaking at the ceremony held at River Park Estate, Abuja, the Managing Director of AEDC, Engineer Ernest Mupwaya, said 900,000 customers have been scheduled for metering in AEDC franchise area.
He said the project was expected to last for 36 months, stating that while Mojec will install and maintain meters for AEDC customers in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and Kogi state, Turbo Energy will do same for customers in Niger, and Meron will handle customers in Nasarawa state.
Mupwaya said: “In all, 900,000 customers have been scheduled for metering in AEDC franchise area. Being a moving target, we are aware that the number may increase and as it does, the vendors will take them by 100 per cent.
“This project is expected to last for 36 months. The issue of meter, as you know, has been a frontline issue in the industry because of the critical role it plays in the recovery of cost for the sector. With this bold move courageously championed by the NERC, the vexed issue of estimated billing would have been adequately addressed’’.
The Chairman of NERC, Prof. James Momoh, directed AEDC and the vendors to ensure meters are installed within 10 days after payment, stating that sanctions apply by deducting money from the Performance Guarantee bond posted by the vendors.
Momoh, who was represented by the General Manager, Finance and Management Services of NERC, Abdulkadir Shettima, said: “If a meter is faulty, it must be replaced within two days or MAP will face the sanction,”
On her part, the Managing Director of Mojec International, Ms Chantelle Abdul, said the company has over 30,000 meters in stock to start sales for Kogi and the FCT.