Electricity Consumers Don’t Have To Pay For Meters Under the NMMP… NERC

Contrary to the issued circular by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, (NERC), dated November 11, 2021, with reference number NERC/REG/MAP/GEN/751/2, which announced increase in the price of electricity meters across the country, NERC has again said, consumers of electricity are not required to pay directly for the meters issued to them.

 

This is according to a statement released by NERC on Monday, November 15th, 2021, through the News Agency of Nigeria, (NAN).

 

NERC affirmed that, the clarification is necessary to avoid misinforming consumers; while also stating that the federal government National Mass Metering Programme, (NMMP), supported by the Central Bank of Nigeria, (CBN), is “designed to provide all consumers of electricity with meters, … without any payment by benefiting consumers.”

 

The statement reads:

“We wish to reiterate that the National Mass Metering Programme, (NMMP), designed to provide all consumers of electricity with meters, is a policy intervention of the federal government supported by the Central Bank, (CBN), concessionary loans to Electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos).

“This laudable initiative is still very much on course, as a total of over 900, 000 units of meters have so far been installed under the takeoff scheme, without any payment by benefiting consumers.

 

NERC reiterated that, commencement of procurement of about four (4) million meters, from local manufacturers, has begun. The Commission however, stressed that, ‘unmetered customers’, may not benefit from this initiative.

“While this doesn’t cover many of the unmetered customers, we are pleased to inform electricity consumers that the next phase, under which about four million units of meters would be procured from local meter manufacturers, has commenced.”

 

NERC however submitted that, pending the conclusion of NMMP,  and other logistics, “procurement processes and the commencement of manufacturing and installation, consumers may elect to acquire a meter from the Meter Asset Programme (MAP).”

 

SarahReports had earlier reported, NERC’s announcement of a single phase meter, which currently goes for  N44,896.17, revised to N58,661.69, while a three-phase meter was reviewed to N109,684.36 from current price of N82,855.19.

 

While electricity consumers are not so sure of what to make of this new development, NERC again, through its Public Affairs Department on regulatory matters, said the recent adjustments in prices of meter, was due to changes in the macroeconomic parameters, which affected the cost of production, and also to protect consumers, from arbitrary pricing by regulators of Meter Asset Programme, (MAP).

 

The Commission nevertheless, reassured consumers of its commitment to better and quality service delivery.

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