Fashola Vs Discos: This Is Why You May Not Get A Metre This Year
The Minister of Power, Babatunde Fashola on Monday reminded the electricity distributors that it is still their responsibility to supply metres to consumers.
This is against the backdrop of the government’s intervention to provide metres to the Discos’ customers, through the Meter Asset Provider Regulation, MAP which was unveiled by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission in March this year.
Fashola reminded the Discos that the creation of MAP did not completely remove the responsibility of providing meters by the Discos.
The latest announcement by Fashola, however, contradicts the position of the Discos, whose spokesperson, Sunday Oduntan, recently stated that metering was now the responsibility of NERC.
The NERC had announced on March 12 that power distributors would no longer have the sole responsibility of providing meters to consumers.
It explained that its MAP Regulation had introduced another class of operators in the power sector called Meter Asset Providers, adding that MAPs would henceforth take up the duty of providing meters to customers, among other functions.
Based on this initiative, the Discos recently urged power users to understand that the responsibility of providing meters was now that of MAPs through the regulator.
But while speaking at the 29th power sector meeting organised by Mainstream Energy Solutions Limited on Monday, Fashola stated that metering was still a contractual obligation of the Discos despite the introduction of MAP.
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