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Electricity: FG Commences Mass Metering in the Northeast

The Minister for Power, Engineer Sale Mamman, has flagged off mass metering of electricity users in the Northeast of Nigeria. The Minister was in Yola yesterday on 10th December 2020 to officially flag off the mass metering programme of the Federal Government of Nigeria, at the headquarters of the Yola Electricity Distribution Company, YEDC. He disclosed that the Federal Government had through the Mass Metering Programme initiative, granted YEDC more than five billion Naira soft loan to enable her procure more than 85,000 prepaid electricity meters, accessories and parts, and distribute as well as install and maintain within its areas of service coverage.

We had reported in August this year, that the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, had directed that mass metering of consumers of electricity commence, and warned against estimated billing of electricity users. The Federal Government had disclosed that it had removed import levies for critical electricity equipment like prepaid meters for a period of one year.

The mass metering exercise became necessary as it reduces the risk of arbitrary billing, and reduces the cost of service for Distribution Companies (DisCos).

The Minister said: “In our commitment to bridge the gap within the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry, I flagged off the Mass Metering Program for Yola Electricity Distribution Company Plc at their corporate headquarters in Yola this evening. The Federal Government of Nigeria has through this initiative granted YEDC Plc a soft loan of ₦5,061,147,103.00 to source 85,367 electricity meters, comprising of 62,324 single-phase meters and 23,057 three-phase meters under the first phase of this mass metering Program which means customers within Adamawa, Borno, Taraba and Yobe states can look forward to getting these meters immediately.

“This initiative can significantly reduce the Aggregate Technical, Commercial & Collection losses which has had a negative impact on the revenue stream of the DisCos and also improve electricity supply to Nigerians.

“I also like to call on customers to desist from tampering with electricity meters. This is not only to improve the revenue of DisCos and the Electricity industry, but more importantly for the safety of all customers.

“Finally, Yola DisCos and every other DisCo within the country must employ an effective communication strategy to ensure customers are carried along through this process.”

Pictures credit: Ministry of Power.

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