NERC: 62.63% Of Electricity Consumers On Estimated Billing

 NERC: 62.63% Of Electricity Consumers On Estimated Billing

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission has announced that 62.63 percent of electric customers in Nigeria were under the estimated billing package as of September 2020.

The Commission disclosed this in its 2019 to the third quarter, 2020 Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) Key Financial and Operational Data.

NERC said that metering for customers has been a continuous challenge so far stressing that Eko Electricity Distribution Company and Ikeja Electric Plc had metered over 50% of their customers.

“Of the 11,841,819 registered electricity customers in Nigeria as of Q3 of 2020, only 4,425, 628 (37.37 %) were metered. Thus, 7, 416,191 representing 62.63 percent of the registered electricity customers are still on estimated billing,” NERC said.

Metering data per DisCo include: Benin DisCo – 47.42 percent; Abuja-48.66 percent; Eko-51.68 percent; Ikeja- 51.09 percent; Enugu-43.77 percent; Port Harcourt-39.64 percent; Ibadan- 27.97 percent; Jos- 29.04 percent; Kaduna-22.56 percent; Kano- 21.40 percent; Yola-19.03 percent.

Recall that the Federal Government through NERC said that electricity consumers who paid for meters under the Meter Asset Provider (MAP) scheme, will have a refund of their money.

Under the MAP scheme, which took off on May 1, 2019, electricity consumers have two options for acquiring a meter: upfront payment or installment payments through metering service charge on a monthly basis.

Kehinde Ogunyale

Freelance Investigative and Data Journalist

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