Nigeria encourages use of prepayment meters


Lagos, Nigeria — (METERING.COM) — November 16, 2007 – The government of Nigeria has asked the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) to develop a ‘sensitization’ campaign to encourage the adoption of prepayment (pay-as-you-go) meters.

These meters are being introduced mainly to residential and small-scale business customers, partly in an effort to eliminate confrontations between PHCN staff and consumers. It has happened that staff have been subjected to attack by customers who refuse to pay their bills and are denying officials the opportunity to disconnect them.

Mrs. Fatima Balaraba Ibrahim, the Minister of State for Energy (Power) is driving the implementation of the sensitization campaign, saying it will create awareness among the populace and encourage the adoption of the prepayment meters. The meters will improve revenue collection and thus help to reduce both technical and non-technical losses, and will empower customers who use the meters to manage consumption more efficiently.