In Nigeria, Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company said that it will begin distribution of pre-paid smart meters to its customers in Sokoto, Kaduna, Kebbi and Zamfara.
[quote] Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company’s head of Corporate Communication, Abdulazeez Abdullahi, made the deployment announcement this week. In a statement to the News Agency of Nigeria [NAN], Abdullahi said customers to be provided with the free smart meters had been identified in the four franchise states under the company.
Abdullahi added that the company had also commenced the distribution of meters to customers who had earlier paid for the facility under the Credited Advance Payment for Metering Implementation (CAPMI) system.
CAPMI provides a platform for willing customers to pay the cost of the meter into a dedicated account jointly managed by the disco and meter vendor/installer.
Under the scheme, once payment has been made, customers would have their meters installed within 45 days by a NERC-accredited vendor/installer.
Abdullahi stated, “We are set to provide meters to customers who have since paid for CAPMI meters and also launch the new pre-paid smart meters next Monday.” [Metering news: Australia, the UK and Nigeria]
He noted that the development was in compliance with the directive of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), which ordered winding down of CAPMI by November 1.
“We assure all customers that have already paid for the CAPMI meters that arrangement have been concluded between Kaduna Electric and the accredited CAPMI meter providers to provide them with the meters they paid for on or before October 31, 2016.
“Our esteemed customers are therefore advised not to make any payment at any Kaduna Electric Office or Cash Centre or any staff for that purpose. [Utility exec expands on Nigerian meter rollout at AUW]
“We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience the delay in installing the meters may have caused those who have paid for them.
“We have also concluded arrangements for the launch of the first batch of our new pre-paid smart meters in furtherance of our commitment,” concluded Abdullahi.
Nigerian sector stability
In related news, power sector stability in Nigeria will take years to deliver say Nigerian experts.
Speaking at a conference in Lagos recently, Minister of Energy, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola told the attendees that "now is the time to invest. We must be focused and cautious, as the sector is very sensitive. There is no need for just profiteers and inflammatory talk. The grid is strong and we are looking at expansion in the future."
He added that the transition is only less than three years on and "we must manage our expectations for results within the context of the unfruitful power experience of 63 years."