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It is the duty of electricity distribution companies (Discos) to give meters to electricity consumers, according to the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).

Concise News understands that the NERC said this in a response to the Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED), the umbrella body for the Discos, which said Discos were no longer responsible for the provision of meters to electricity consumers in Nigeria.

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“Metering has been taken off the Discos’ primary responsibility and that is why the Federal Government through NERC came up with MAPs,” the Discos had said.

“In summary, the meter asset providers are essentially now in charge of metering, not the Discos.

“We are participants; we have a role to play and we are playing this role by cooperating with them.

“But we are not the ones to provide meters to Nigerians, going forward. People need to understand this.”

However, a statement by NERC on Monday said, by law, Discos are responsible for metering consumers in the country.

“This is consistent with their respective licensing terms and conditions and Section 4 (1) of the said regulations that provides that, inter alia, distribution licensee is responsible for the achievement of metering targets as specified by the commission from time to time,” NERC noted.

It added that “The deadline was fixed for July 31, 2018 but was extended to November 30, 2018 to engender more competition between potential MAPs, thus providing better value for consumers.

“Several of the Discos experienced slippage in the timeline stipulated by the commission and this infraction is being handled in line with the enforcement regulations of the commission.

According to the statement, the commission is currently reviewing the MAP procurement reports and successful meter asset providers shall be announced after a meeting with the Discos and preferred bidders scheduled to hold next week.

“The commission wishes to reaffirm its commitment to expedite a closure of the current metering gap, thus limiting the practice of estimated billing to very exceptional cases in line with the provisions of the MAP regulations.”