The Management of Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) has said it is ready to comply with directives from the Nigerian Electricity Regulation Commission (NERC) to commence the Meter Assess Providers (MAPs) scheme to consumers.
NERC had on April 5 directed all Distribution Companies (DisCos) to commence the distribution of prepaid meters under MAP not later than May 1, 2019.
Speaking to newsmen in Lagos on Thursday, the General Manager, Corporate Communication of EKEDC, Mr Godwin Idemudia, said the initiative will abolish estimated billing while meters would be available to consumers.
He added that payment for the meters could be made outrightly or at instalments within a period of 10 years.
He said, ‘’It is a welcome development. This would be a new dawn in the power sector.
“Government should be commended for the initiative geared towards ending metering gap in the country and ensuring all electricity consumers within the Discos are metered to abolish estimated billings.
“With the MAP project on, we strongly believe the metering issues will be addressed, while estimated billings will also be fully addressed when meters are available.
“All areas of our network are potential pilot scheme for MAP. “Government appointed the vendors for the MAP programme to drive the project.
“We do not consider much hindrance or much challenges in the ongoing MAP scheme, but one thing that worries me is are Nigerians ready to pay for meters?
“The issue is either you pay out rightly for the meters or pay installmentally over a period of 10 years,’’ he said.