Metering Is No Longer “Our Business”, Discos Tells Nigerians
The electricity distribution companies in Nigeria wants you know that it is no longer their business to provide meters to you.
According to reports, the Discos are experiencing a severe shortfall in revenue, rising to over 1.4 trillion naira in 2018 despite the marginal improvement they recorded in the past year.
Data obtained from the Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors, ANED the umbrella body of the Discos, showed that their revenue collection efficiency increased from the 61%, (N363bn) recorded in 2017 to 66% (N437.9bn) in 2018.
But this was not enough to address the over 1.4 trillion-naira shortfall in the sector, just as the Executive Director, ANED, Sunday Oduntan, stressed that it was no more the responsibility of Discos to provide meters for customers.
According to him, that responsibility now lies with the Meter Asset Providers licensed by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC.
Oduntan said that with the licensing of the Meter Asset Providers, the Discos would now concentrate on addressing other challenges in the power supply business.
He said: “Metering has been taken off the Discos’ primary responsibility and that is why the Federal Government through NERC came up with MAPs. In summary, the Meter Asset Providers are essentially now in charge of metering, not the Discos.
“We are participants; we have a role to play and we are playing this role by cooperating with them. But we are not the ones to provide meters to Nigerians, going forward. People need to understand that, and we support anything that will make it possible for Nigerians to have meters.”
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