Enugu Disco folds under pressure, suspends meter decommissioning exercise

Following a sustained pressure from human rights groups and a directive by the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), the management of Enugu Electricity Distribution Plc. (EEDC) has suspended the standalone meter decommissioning exercise until more smart prepaid meters were procured to complete the swapping exercise.

EEDC Head of Communications, Mr. Emeka Ezeh, made this known in Enugu yesterday.

According to Ezeh, with this development, customers whose meters were yet to be decommissioned would visit any of the designated vending points located at select District Offices to recharge their meters.

The select locations are Awkunanaw, Abakpa, Awka, Onitsha, Owerri, New Owerri and Nnewi districts offices.

Ezeh said: “It will be recalled that part of the reasons for the decommissioning exercise is the increasing difficulty in providing support for the card reader system used in vending these standalone meters.

“However, EEDC has retrieved some of the machines that are functional and deployed them at the select designated locations to enable customers vend their meters.

“Efforts are in place to install meters for customers whose meters were decommissioned during the exercise.”

“Consequently, customers within EEDC network that are still unmetered, and those on standalone meters are enjoined to take advantage of the ongoing Meter Asset Provider (MAP) scheme, a metering programme designed and approved by the Federal Government and the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), to procure their smart prepaid meters.”

EEDC had in the first week of January 2020 announced phasing-out of old meters and directed customers to pay N38,000 and N72, 000 respectively for single and double smart card meters which would be swapped after they must have migrated to estimated billing system pending the availability of the new meters.

The development sparked off protests and suits which culminated in EEDC reversing its position.

 

Source: New Telegraph

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