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NERC – consumers do not need to pay for meters

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) issued a reminder in a recent statement that under the National Mass Metering Programme (NMMP) electricity consumers in Nigeria are not required to pay for the meters issued to them.

NERC reiterated that the NMMP is designed to provide all consumers of electricity with meters and is a policy intervention of the federal government, supported by the Central Bank (CBN) concessionary loans to Electricity Distribution Companies (Discos).

This initiative is still very much on course as more than 900,000 units of meters have so far been installed under the takeoff scheme without any payment from benefiting consumers.

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While this doesn’t cover many of the unmetered customers, NERC has indicated that the next phase, under which about four million units of meters would be procured from local meter manufacturers, has commenced.

Pending the conclusion of the NMMP, procurement processes and the commencement of manufacturing and installation, consumers may elect to acquire a meter from the Meter Asset Programme (MAP).

NERC said that the regulatory framework approved by the commission under MAP/NMMP Regulation provide for refund of cost of meter through energy credits to the customer at the time of vending.

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The commission said their recently issued notice on the adjusted cost of meter was designed to protect consumers from arbitrary pricing by MAP. According to NERC, this is in the context of recent changes in macroeconomic parameters affecting cost of production.

NERC advised that clarification be made from its public affairs department on any regulatory matter so as to avoid misinforming innocent consumers.

Nomvuyo Tena
Nomvuyo Tena is a Content Producer at Clarion Events Africa and is as passionate about the energy transition in Africa as she is about music and Beyonce.