As electricity consumers in the country continue to complain over estimated billing from the distribution companies, the Federal Government has been urged to liberalise the metering segment of the power sector, The Punch reports.

The Discos promised to install 1.754 million meters last year but only 215,424 meters were made available to their customers, while over 50 per cent of customers remain unmetered. Under existing regulations, Discos have the prerogative to provide meters to their customers and own the meters.

The Executive Secretary, Electricity Meters Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, Mr. Muideen Ibrahim, said the deregulation of meter ownership would enable consumers to procure and own meters.  Ibrahim said if metering was liberalised, it would enhance revenue generation for the meter manufacturers, the Discos and even the government in the long run because more people would come into the sector.

The Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors, the umbrella body for the Discos, has said it is not opposed to the deregulation of meter ownership. The Chief Executive Officer, ANED, Mr. Azu Obiaya, said, “The Discos are not against any creative means of filling the metering gap. What the Discos are asking is that they have to be part of the discussions on how to fill the gap.”