Nigeria to sanction electricity companies that fail to provide meters to customers

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, says it will sanction DISCOs which failed to meter electricity customers in their networks before Feb. 28, 2017.

NERC in a statement on its website and obtained by News Agency Of Nigeria, NAN, in Abuja on Wednesday said that sanctioning of the defaulting DISCOs would begin on March 1.

It stated that the envisaged sanction was sequel to the initial directives by NERC and the moratorium period given to DISCOs to meter consumers.

The company said this was in line with its mandate of protecting the rights of customers. It said it had in June 2016 after consultation with the operators, directed DISCOs to conclude metering of all customers before Nov. 30, 2016.

According to NERC, the commission at the expiration of that notice granted three months moratorium which will expire February 28, 2017 to enable the DISCOs effectively execute the metering deployment plan for customers.

It stated that any electricity customer yet to be metered as at February 28, 2017 should report to the commission through any of its Forum Offices in all the states of the federation.

NERC urged customers that had advanced money to the DISCOs through the now wound down Credited Advance Payment for Metering Initiatives, CAPMI, to make use of the complaint redress mechanism.

“The Commission is by this notice advising electricity customers not to take laws into their hands by attacking staff of electricity distribution companies.

“They may wish to be guided not to resort to legal proceedings as the first option in seeking redress, but to explore the commission’s redress mechanism to save litigation cost and time.”


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  • Emmanuel Maluba

    Good one! That is the only step that can wake up the DISCOs and force them to focus on their mandate as opposed to seeing themselves as granting favour to the customers.

  • uzodimms

    The NERC is a very useless commission, where in the world will someone sit in his office and be writing electricity bill without metering the energy consumed other than in Nigeria. NERC has been telling Nigerians this same story in the last 5 yrs, and they want Nigerians to believed them, what a fraudulent commission. If by 1st March these meters are not provided you people will see what will happen in Nigeria over this non-provided meters and no power unless you will sit up the violence you may not be able to control. We wait and see few days from now.

  • Alpha

    This, I’m sure is the response of these fraudulent people to the many cries by defrauded consumers, after several years. The trick is to douse the untold protests that will soon errupt over their ungodly exploitations.

    This NERC is fully involved and is only trying to postpone the evil day. By the way, who is supposed to meter houses, I.e, who own the installed meters, the consumer or the electricity co? If the co, why charging consumers buying fee?

  • john

    We are fed up about hearing ” Government to, government will” we want to hear ” we have”