Of the 11 distribution companies in Nigeria, only 4 have metered no less than 50% of their customers.

According to the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC in its 2018 second quarter report published on its website, only about 45% out of the total 7,476,856 registered customers had been metered by the 11 DisCos.

“It is evident that only four DisCos, namely Abuja, Benin, Eko and Port-Harcourt have metered not less than 50% of their registered customers as at the end of the second quarter of 2018.’’

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According to NERC, of the total 7,973,867 registered active electricity customers, only 3,547,129 have been metered.

NERC said 55.5% of end-use customers are still on estimated billing methodology.

It said in comparison to the preceding quarter, the number of registered customers increased by 9.32%, while the metered customers increased by 3.3%.

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NERC said the increase in registered customer population was as a result of the ongoing customer enumeration exercise by DisCos.

The commission said the exercise had helped DisCos to properly register individuals who have previously consumed electricity through illegal connection to the networks.

However, in spite of growth in the number of metered customers, total meters deployed by DisCos during the quarter was significantly lower than the expected quarterly metering deployment under the performance agreement.

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