58 % electricity consumers pay tariff through estimated billing–NERC

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By Kingsley Okoye

 

Abuja –  The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) says 58 per cent  registered electricity consumers in the country paid  tariff via the  estimated billing methodology.

The percentage represents the template provided by NERC for customers who are yet to be provided with pre-paid.

NERC made the disclosure in its 2018 first quarter report published on its website.

According to NERC, out of the 8,135,730 registered electricity customers in the DisCos’s network, 3,434,003 representing 42 per cent have been metered.

NERC said with the exception of Port Harcourt and Benin DisCos, none of the remaining DisCo has metered half of their registered customers.

It also said that with the percentage of registered customers metered by each DisCo as at March, only Benin and Port-Harcourt DisCos had metered up to 50 per cent  of their registered customers.

It listed the percentage level of  metered  electricity customers by the DisCos to include :Port-Harcourt  78 per  cent, Benin 64 per  cent, Enugu 46 per cent,  Eko 46  per cent,  Ibadan 41 per cent ,Abuja 38 per cent,  Jos 35 per cent .

Others are Ikeja 34 per cent, Kaduna 28 per cent, Kano 25 per  cent  and  Yola 21 per cent  respectively.

It said in overall, three in every five registered electricity consumers were still ununmetered.

NERC, however, promised to continue to enforce the Meter Asset Provider (MAP) regulations, designed to accelerate metering of consumers and close the metering gap as soon as possible (NAN).


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