- In its mass metering programme, the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has resolved to deploy 222,728 meters to it customers
- Oyebode Fadipe, the head of AEDC corporate communications, said that the gesture will cover residents in FCT, Kogi, Niger and Nasarawa states
- Fadipe said that the meters to be deployed is valued at N10bn, adding that the distribution will begin from Wednesday, August 8
The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), has said that it will begin the deployment of 222,728 meters valued about N10 billion for customers in its franchise areas of FCT, Kogi, Niger and Nasarawa states.
A statement by its head of corporate communications, Oyebode Fadipe, said the deployment of the meters, which would begin on Wednesday, August 8, was under the second phase of its mass metering programme, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Fadipe said the company had in the first phase of its mass metering project, installed no fewer than 150,000 meters for its customers across its coverage area.
He said the company’s aggressive deployment of meters was part of its determination to achieve 100 per cent metering of its customers to engender public confidence in its billing process.
Fadipe said the installation was also to complement the Meter Asset Provider (MAP) scheme, initiated by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to accelerate metering of electricity consumers across the country.
He said AEDC was implementing the second phase of its mass metering project in partnership with Meron Consortium, a group comprising meter manufacturers, financiers, installers and advisory services firms.
According to him, the company is also discussing with other interested parties for the supply and installation of more quantities of meters for electricity consumers across its franchise area. Fadipe said this development would further complement the MAP initiative.
The managing director, AEDC, Ernest Mupwaya, said there were so many benefits associated with metering for both the company and its customers.
“For customers, metering gives them the assurance of fair, transparent and accurate billing and also serves as a useful tool for them to manage their consumption and costs.
“To AEDC, metering equips us with intelligent data to ascertain areas of energy/revenue leakages which will strengthen our commercial vigilance activities to plug such leakages and improve our revenue collection,” he said.
According to him, metering represents one of the key areas of the company’s strategic transformation programme, geared towards aggressively reducing its average technical, commercial and collection (ATC&C) losses.
He said the metering was also designed to enhance the companies’ capabilities for exceptional service delivery and growth.
The group managing director of Meron Consortium, Emmanuel Ndubuisi, assured AEDC management of timely delivery and installation of the meters in line with the terms of contract with the company.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that owners of Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) under the aegis of Sura Association in Lagos state had lamented the lack of electricity in the business community and staged a protest to register their grievances.
The headquarters of the Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKDC) in Marina, Lagos, was besieged by members of the association.
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