The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) says the 11 Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) have so far metered over 3 million electricity customers in the country as at August 2017.
NERC, in its September metering initiative and statistics report for the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI), also revealed that there was a metering gap of over 4 million customers by the DISCOs in the month under review.
The report, published on NERC’s website and obtained by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Tuesday in Abuja, indicated that total number of customers of the DISCOs as at August stood at over 7 million.
It further shows that Ibadan DISCO, with highest number of customers, records the highest metering gap of 864,760, while Eko DISCO has 173,643, the lowest in the period under review.
The report indicated that part of the mandate for the privatization of the Discos was the rolling out of metering to the consumers.
According to the report, 100 percent metering of consumers will result into revenue protection and loss reduction.
It said that provision of meters would provide safeguards from unfair billing practices for customers.
It added that the commission was working on modalities to eliminate all forms estimated billing.
The report indicated that innovative options were being put in place by the commission to improve status of metering and customer concerns on estimated billing in the NESI.
It listed some of the innovative options already being considered to include the Meter Service Providers (MPS) Scheme, Modified Credited Advanced Payment for Metering Implementation (CAPMI) and Franchising.
“MSPs are financial institutions, Venture financiers or even OEMs (Meter Manufacturers).
“ MSP has capacity to provide comprehensive meter services to customers“, the report stated.