A non- governmental organisation, the Downtrodden People’s Empowerment Foundation is leading an appeal for mass metering of electricity consumers in satellite communities of the Federal Capital Territory – FCT. The plea, which has been directed at the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company – AEDC would ensure that the inhabitants of communities like Tudunwada and Sauka-Kauta villages in Lugbe, Jikwoyi in Karu and Bako communities in Gwagawalada will no longer get estimated billing but only pay for exactly what they consume.
According to the leader of the NGO, Tijani Olabode this will ease the hardship on these Nigerians and improve their economic productivity. To make it a reality, Olabode says they had written to the Nigerian electricity Regulatory Commission- NERC to ensure the metering is executed on those communities and also top upgrade their and other overloaded transformers in the country.
The initiative is boosted by a recent comment by the MD, Managing Director of AEDC Ernest Mupwaya at a workshop for judges in Abuja. Mupwaya told the gathering the firm has started enumeration of its customers to ease their mass metering. The AEDC Boss assured that almost a 100,000 meters had been installed and an addition 120,000 metres will soon be added by December to address the issue of their estimated billing.
According to Mupwaya at a media briefing, AEDC had resolved to speed up the metering process by providing 10,000 customers in its franchise area monthly to achieve its end of year target.
He also disclosed that N6.5 billion had been spent to improve distribution infrastructure in its coverage area.
“We are maintaining about 60 to 90 every day and we have a target to reach the 12,000 by the end of this year.”