The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has resumed the Meter Asset Provider scheme and is deploying 180,000 meters under the MAP initiative.
Speaking at a press briefing in Abuja, the Chief Technical Officer, AEDC, Oluwafemi Zacchaeus, said the 180,000 meters consist of 45,000 single-phase meters and 135,000 three-phase meters.
The MAP metering programme gives customers the option of paying for a meter, while the money is refunded to them through the issuance of energy credit over a period of 36 months.
The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission had in April 2018 approved the Meter Asset Provider regulation that provides for the supply, installation and maintenance of end-user meters by other parties approved by the NERC.
The regulation is expected to fast track a closure of the metering gap and encourages the development of independent and competitive meter services in the electricity industry.
AEDC’s Chief Marketing Officer, Donald Etim, said the MAP scheme was in response to the efforts of the power firm to ensure that all customers were metered in line with the policy of the Federal Government.
He added that the regulated price for a single phase meter was N63,061.32 (VAT inclusive), while a three phase meter goes for N117,910.69 (VAT inclusive).
Etim said the company had put in place all that was required to ensure that customers could process their application for a meter in a seamless way.
“Our customers are assured of a seamless processing of their applications for a meter. Customers are also assured of the fact that meters will be installed within 10 days of the receipt of their application for a meter,” he stated.
He further stated that the power firm had developed a platform that allowed electricity customers to buy energy directly from the company’s website rather than go through a third party
Etim explained that with this platform, customers were not only assured of the elimination of extra charges such as service charge, commission and convenience fees, they were also assured of easy reconciliation of their account, online real time service, among others.