It appears that consumers are not winning the fight as the number of them without the metres remain incredibly high.

That number has now risen to more than four million, according to Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC.

In its 2018 second quarter report, the commission disclosed that out of 7,973,867 registered active electricity customers in the country, only 3,547,129 have been metered as of June 2018.

The report said the 4,426,738 electricity users who have not been issued meters are subjected to estimated billing, which contributes to customer apathy towards payment for electricity.

It added that only four electricity distribution companies (DisCos), which are Abuja, Benin, Eko and Port-Harcourt DisCos, had metered not less than 50 percent of their registered customers as at the end of the second quarter of 2018.

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“Of the total of 7,973,867, registered active electricity customers, only 3,547,129 (44.5%) have been metered thus, 55.5% of end-use customers are still on estimated billing,” the report said.

“In comparison to the preceding quarter, the number of registered customers increased by 9.32%, while the percentage of metered customers increased by 3.29% indicating a greater increase in the registered customer population relative to the meter roll-out.

“The increase in the number of registered customers is attributable to the ongoing enumeration exercise by DisCos during which illegal consumers of electricity are captured on the billing platform of the DisCos nationwide,” it added.

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