Nigeria’s federal government has set up a standing committee to address key post-privatisation issues affecting the power and metering industries, including the 6.4 million shortfall of prepaid meter units in the country.
The committee, headed by permanent secretary in the Ministry of Power Godknows Igali, will be assisted by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and Bureau of Public Enterprises.
They are tasked with developing a robust framework for monitoring the activities of all players in the country’s unbundled electricity market and ensuring that the 11 distribution companies comply with the terms of their purchase agreements, including a provision to install meters to every home and business in the next five years.
Minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo, speaking recently in Abuja, Nigeria, said the distribution sector represents the interface and the last mile to consumer premises.
According to him, as part of the effort towards ensuring the sustainability of the reform agenda, NERC is developing a framework to fast track the roll-out of prepayment meters across the country.
Mr Nebo said: "It is planned that the prevalent case of estimated billing would soon be a thing of the past and consumers would only pay for the electricity they consume.”
The move comes as the new distribution companies have been slow in implementing meter roll-out plans.
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