The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), says only four out 11 Electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) in the country namely; Abuja, Benin, Eko and Port-Harcourt have metered up to 50 per cent of customers under their franchise areas.
NERC in its 2018 second quarter report published on its website also revealed that only about 45 per cent out of the total 7,476,856 registered customers had been metered by the 11 DisCos. According to NERC, of the total 7,973,867,registered active electricity customers, only 3,547,129 have been metered. NERC said 55.5 per cent of end-use customers were still on estimated billing methodology.
It said in comparison to the preceding quarter, the number of registered customers increased by 9.32 per cent, while the metered customers increased by 3.3 per cent . NERC said the increase in registered customer population was as a result of the ongoing customer enumeration exercise by DisCos.
The commission said the exercise had helped DisCos to properly register individuals who have previously consumed electricity through illegal connection to the networks. It, however, said in spite of growth inthe number of metered customer total meters deployed by DisCos during the quarter was significantly lower than the expected quarterly metering deployment under the performance agreement.