Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has matched its words with actions as it had begun the installation of 222,728 meters in its coverage areas as part of its pledge to ensure that all the customers within its area of coverage are metered.
Its areas of coverage are FCT, Kogi, Nasarawa, Niger and Kogi states.
AEDC had in the first phase of its mass metering project in 2016, installed no fewer than 150,000 meters for its customers across its coverage area.
The installation of 222,728 meters, which began at CITEC Estate in the FCT, is the second phase of the mass metering project of the company.
The Chairman of AEDC, Shehu Malami said the metering of customers had become topical and a recurring issue in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI).
He said the Federal Government had initially taken bold steps to resolve the issue through the Credited Advance Payment for Metering Implementation (CAPMI).
According to him, government has also recently introduced the Meter Asset Provider (MAP) scheme to resolve issues of metering in the sector.
Malami said that the various intervention schemes on metering became necessary as it was responsible for the huge ATC and C losses that the DisCos presently suffer.
He said metering was also the source of frequent disagreement between DisCos and their customers.
Malami said a successfully executed metering programme would enhance both transparency in the bill of customers and energy accountability.
He said the commitment of N10 billion for the provision of 222,728 units of meters by AEDC was a bold move by the company.
According to him, provision of the meters has clearly debunked claims that DisCos were benefiting from estimated billing.
“This project will last for five months after which all metering programmes will come under the Meter Asset Provider Policy that has been put in place by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).
He urged customers not to bypass the meters, as it was affecting the revenue recovery of the DisCos.
“I, therefore, urge our customers to be patient as they all will be provided meters ultimately,’’ he said.