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Nigeria introduces tamper-proof pre-paid smart meters

Tamper-proof pre-paid smart meters are being rolled out by EEDC in the south-east region of Nigeria.

On Sunday, Enugu Electricity Distribution Company announced that it has started distributing tamper-proof pre-paid smart meters to monitor customers who manipulate the electricity meters in the south-east region.

The Nigerian disco’s head of communications, Eugene Anionwo, explained that the change was motivated to help limit the revenue losses in the region, reports The Guardian.

“We will install new tamper-proof pre-paid-smart meters on pole tops with a customer interface unit in customers’ premises to check customers tampering with the meters,” he said.

Tamper-proof pre-paid-smart meters

Anionwo further explained how the new system will work. The new Enugu Electricity Distribution Company’s Credited Advance Payment for Metering Implementation (CAPMI) programme would include two types of meters, depending on the customer’s status.

He said that the prices for the meters will vary from N39, 375 ($197.994) to N68, 901 ($346.463), adding that any customers who wished to advance money to Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) for their CAPMI meters would receive a discount on their bills.

Eliminate fixed charges

Anionwo also highlighted that the discount would be stretched for a period of 36 months, adding that the opportunity would enable them to recover their money at 12% interest rate per annum.

“EEDC is pleased to announce that, with our new tariff approved by NERC and beginning in February 2016, we have decided to eliminate all fixed charges to our customers.

“The new tariff takes into account the elimination of these fixed charges, as we will now be bill[ing] for energy only.

“At the same time, we are introducing our CAPMI programme, which will allow our customers to obtain their meters now and no longer wait for meters to be received.

“This CAPMI programme gives EEDC’s customers the option of advancing funds to EEDC for the purchase and installation of their meters within 45 days.

“EEDC’s customers that choose not to advance funds for their meters under CAPMI will be metered during our larger comprehensive metering programme. Any funds received will be reimbursed with interest as credits against energy bills,” he said.

In conclusion, Anionwo recommended EEDC’s customers wishing to participate in CAPMI to visit their district offices to complete Form 74 and obtain further details.

He said that after completing the form, EEDC will survey the customer’s premises to determine the type of meter such customer will need to pay for.

Babalwa Bungane
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