The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission ( NERC ) has insisted that it is committed to the timeline in its Meter Assets Provider (MAP) regulation, stressing that it would sanction either the electricity distribution company (DisCo) or MAP that violates the guideline.
Speaking with The Nation at the weekend, the commission’s General Manager, Finance and Management Services, Mr. Abudukadir Shetima, said that “Customers of AEDC and JEDC should expect from the commencement of rollout date for meters to be installed in their premises within 10 working days of making payment to MAPs in accordance with section 18 (3) of the MAP Regulations 2018.”
Shetima, who is also the chairman committee on MAP, insisted that as far as NERC is concerned “the May 1 timeline still stands. But you know that doesn’t necessarily mean that on May 1 meters will be put.”
He explained that the customer will go and indicate his interest for having a meter and for him to make on-front payment which is one of the options.
Shetima added that when the customer does that, the process is that the DisCos will go and inspect his premises and ensure that it is ready for meter deployment.
Continuing, he said “For instance, if there is need to do a network clean up, the DisCo will do that. So, that will take a couple of days and then the customer will be instructed to go and make payment.
“When he makes payment within 10 days the MAP will have to install the meter. That same date is from the date of payment. The date of payment is dependent on the inspection of the premises from the first of May.
“The commission is still committed to those timelines and when we review, we come for monitoring and we see that there are slippages then there is sanction from either the MAP or the DisCo.”
NERC had on April 6 this year announced the appointment of Mojec International Limited, Meron Consortium and Turbo Engineering Limited that it permitted to provide 487,000, 213,000 and 200,000 meters respectively.
It said while JEDC has appointed the Triple 7 and Mojec International Limited consortium to provide 500,000 meters.
The commission spelt it out that the rollout of meters shall commence no later than the 1st of May 2019.
Similarly, on April 12, the commission gave the May 1 deadline to Ikeja and Benin DisCos for their MAPs to rollout their meters.
He said that the refund of the payment for meter depends on the financing option.
According to him, if the customer makes an on-front payment it is refundable through energy credit.
He added that if that is not the case, there will be no refund.
The General Manager, ” MAP is the one that will install the meter and the customer just makes gradual payment over the life of the meter,” he said.
Shetima said that there will be refund even when it is long term, or it will be inbuilt in the repayment.
Besides, he noted that “What the commission wants is to differentiate customers that had meters before MAP and the customers that had meters after MAP. The customers with MAP are not disenfranchised. They don’t need to pay more than the other customers.
“Remember that the previous customers the cost of the meter is inbuilt in the tariff. So if they are paying the same tariff, and will still come and pay this, it will not be fair to the MAP customers. That is why either there will be energy credit or they pay a differential tariff.”
Source: The Nation