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Enugu DisCo targets N90b to meter customers

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OVER N90 billion is required by Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) to complete the newly introduced prepaid metering system of customers.

EEDC Head of Communications, Chukwuemeka Ezeh, gave the indication in Enugu while speaking at a stakeholders’ dialogue organised by Action Aid Nigeria on estimated billing policy of the power distribution franchise that serves Enugu, Anambra, Imo, Ebonyi and Abia States under the aegis of Electricity Distribution Company (DisCo).

According to him, EEDC has already provided over 300,000 prepaid meters to its customers.

“Crazy bills, estimated bills. These are some of the things that we inherited. Before now, customers were billed on estimation. It was the responsibility of the then PHCN to capture buildings, properties for metering but this was neglected.

We took over November 2013 and metering our customer was part of the responsibilities we were saddled with. We took it up. We might not have metered 100% but I can tell you that 300,000 customers were brought to our prepaid meters platform.

It’s a very big and capital intensive responsibility. By estimation, we need close to N90 billion to meter all our customers. These are the customers we already have their data,” Ezeh said.

It will be recalled that Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) introduced the MAP regulation to close the huge metering gap in the country and end estimated billing in April, with distribution of prepaid meters in the south-east slated to take off from June 15.

Meanwhile, power generation by the Electricity Generation Companies (Gencos) has recorded marginal increase from 2,672 to 2,886.1 megawatts (mw).

A release signed by General Manager of Public Affairs of Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), Mrs. Ndidi Mbah, gave the figure while lamenting what she called “DisCos’ rejection of massive amount of power.”

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