The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission has given power distribution companies a two-week ultimatum to provide meters for customers who had earlier paid for them under the Credited Advance Payment for Metering Implementation scheme, according to reports from The Punch.

The Chairman, NERC, Dr. Sam Amadi, said a lot of consumers had complained of not being metered by the respective Discos for more than four months even after paying for the meters. It was made clear that any distribution company that fails to meter the eligible consumers within the time frame will face severe sanctions.

He spoke during a meeting with the electricity distribution companies and stakeholders on the aggregate technical, commercial and collection loss studies at the NERC headquarters in Abuja.

The commission also said that it wanted Nigerian consumers to help clampdown on recalcitrant distribution companies in the electricity market. Amadi said NERC would largely rely on electricity consumers to provide it with information and evidence of poor electricity services delivered by the distribution companies in order to bring the firms to book.