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Don’t Pay After Two Weeks Outage, NERC Tells Electricity Users by Islie: 9:39pm On May 10
by John Ofikhenua, Abuja


The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) on Friday said that the Meter Asset Provider (MAP) regulation has stopped the electricity Distribution Companies from collecting energy and service charges after two weeks of power outage.

Its chairman, Prof. James Momoh, broke the news at the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) launch of the MAP in Abuja.

The MAP regulation, according to the General Manager, Finance and Management Services, Mr. Abudukadir Shetima, who represented him, has insisted the meters must be installed not later than 10 days after payment.

He added that should the DisCo refuse to replace a malfunctioning meter after two days, the customer is not expected to make any payment.

He noted the commission, the distribution companies and the customers have their deadline to provide the meters to the customers at the required time.

He said the regulation was designed in a manner the consumer that regards the consumer as the king in the Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) value chain.

The customer, he said, is expected to have the best services he can have.

According to him: “Deadlines were provided in the regulation for the DisCos, even the commission so that we don’t delay so that the customers get the service at the time that it is required.

“For instance, if a meter is about to be installed, it must be installed within 10 days of making payment. There will be sanctions of that deadline is not met.

“Number two, to ensure there will be sanction the MAP has been asked to provide a bank performance guarantee that will be called upon. So they will lose money if they delay in providing the meters even by one day.
“Number two, if the meters get bad, they will be replaced by the MAP without any payment for the entire ten years period. If the meters don’t work they must be replaced within two days, if they are not replaced within two days, the customer will not make the monthly customers service charge payment. That payment will be seized.

“Another part of the regulation is that if there is a prolonged outage and they are out of electricity for months, in addition to other measure that the commission is taking to address those kind of scenarios, the customer will not pay for the meter service charge and will not even pay for the electricity if there is outage for more than two weeks.”

Listing the objective of the regulation, Momoh said the first important objective is the removal of estimated billing in order to remove the controversies around it.

He added: “The customers are happy to make the payment. The second issue is revenue assurance, happy customers will be willing to pay.

“Nigerians are willing to pay for the services they can get so that there will be revenue assurance and that will impact on the industry as a whole. Currently, the revenues in the industry are nit sufficient to enable investments and better services. So, it is like a vicious circle and this this metering is intended to correct that problem.”

Speaking, the AEDC Managing Director, Engr. Ernest Mupwaya, revealed that altogether the company has planned to meter the customers in its franchise areas with 900,000 meters.

He said that bearing in mind that the customers would increase, the meter vendors would also cater for their metering.

He said: “In all, 900,000 customs have been scheduled for metering in AEDC franchise area in the first instance. Being a moving target, we are aware that the number may increase and as it does, the vendors will take them along.”

The representative of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Council, Omajo Nwachukwu, warned the parties not to compromise the process in the implementation of the regulation.

She insisted that customers that are not comfortable with buying their meters with loans from the commercial banks should be allowed to purchase them directly from the Meter Assets Providers.


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Re: Don’t Pay After Two Weeks Outage, NERC Tells Electricity Users by babyfaceafrica: 9:39pm On May 10
scam

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Re: Don’t Pay After Two Weeks Outage, NERC Tells Electricity Users by PointBlankFOREX: 9:43pm On May 10
If true, then I must commend this development..
Nigeria though,, aren't we too old for this shiit?.. In this time and age, we should at least have constant power supply.. angry

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Re: Don’t Pay After Two Weeks Outage, NERC Tells Electricity Users by Zombiekiller010: 9:55pm On May 10
Not for those that use manual (old) meters..or else your bill will accumulate

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Re: Don’t Pay After Two Weeks Outage, NERC Tells Electricity Users by otokx(m): 10:44pm On May 10
There is theory and there is practical.

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Re: Don’t Pay After Two Weeks Outage, NERC Tells Electricity Users by Buharifanatic: 11:06pm On May 10
Una still dey Nigeria?

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Re: Don’t Pay After Two Weeks Outage, NERC Tells Electricity Users by RexTramadol1(m): 11:07pm On May 10
Abuja bah!




We wey dey use prepaid no go enjoy ds privilege
Re: Don’t Pay After Two Weeks Outage, NERC Tells Electricity Users by TOPCRUISE(m): 11:08pm On May 10
Tell that to your officials
Re: Don’t Pay After Two Weeks Outage, NERC Tells Electricity Users by Queenboy123(m): 11:09pm On May 10
Will they enforce it?

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Re: Don’t Pay After Two Weeks Outage, NERC Tells Electricity Users by sacx: 11:09pm On May 10
Na today this rule dey ground? Tell the f**king distribution company to give us prepaid meter.

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Re: Don’t Pay After Two Weeks Outage, NERC Tells Electricity Users by Cletus77(m): 11:11pm On May 10
Mine is three days and counting..
Oh Lord..you can do it for two weeks grin

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Re: Don’t Pay After Two Weeks Outage, NERC Tells Electricity Users by AkataYeriYeri: 11:13pm On May 10
It’s two months since we had light in Ilesha

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Re: Don’t Pay After Two Weeks Outage, NERC Tells Electricity Users by jlinkd78(m): 11:14pm On May 10
This is a serious developing story

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Re: Don’t Pay After Two Weeks Outage, NERC Tells Electricity Users by Stillthebest: 11:17pm On May 10
They should just not bring bills. Qes

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Re: Don’t Pay After Two Weeks Outage, NERC Tells Electricity Users by chukzyfcbb: 11:17pm On May 10
What if they flash light like 5minutes, shey this rule go still apply ni?

Cunny man die, cunny man bury am.

Phcn sef don sabi the law, las las dem go flash like once in two weeks for 5minutes make e nullify the rule

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Re: Don’t Pay After Two Weeks Outage, NERC Tells Electricity Users by NotBeenPaid: 11:17pm On May 10





The light situation at Lugbe is terrifying, damning, petrifying, strangulating and annoying for couples of months now






Re: Don’t Pay After Two Weeks Outage, NERC Tells Electricity Users by mechanics(m): 11:35pm On May 10
Better, customers who want to buy their meter should be given the go ahead, buying is better than the free meter, because the consuming rate are not the same.
Re: Don’t Pay After Two Weeks Outage, NERC Tells Electricity Users by b0rn2fuck(m): 11:38pm On May 10
We that have 3 month outrage and dem still dey want us ladder cut light
Re: Don’t Pay After Two Weeks Outage, NERC Tells Electricity Users by udemzyudex(m): 11:38pm On May 10
PointBlankFOREX:
If true, then I must commend this development..
Nigeria though,, aren't we too old for this shiit?.. In this time and age, we should at least have constant power supply.. angry

True ke,na sakamanje .
Re: Don’t Pay After Two Weeks Outage, NERC Tells Electricity Users by jimcaddy(m): 11:40pm On May 10
As much as this look and sounds like a good development, I feel the NERC aren't being sincere with Nigerians. They wil say one thing, trust the DISCOs to do another thing.. They don't sanction these DISCOs. We have spend donkey years applying for meter at our house, but they keep giving one excuse or the other. You fill a form and that's where it ends. No one gets back to you. Yet the estimated bills keep on soaring high.. We just recently cleared N71k of current and arrears for a bungalow that doesn't even have AC. Yet these guys bring bill of N25k, 30k. Last month they brought 34k. And even if you pay half of the money, their operatives will still come to your house, climb the pole and disconnect you and insist you go on to clear your outstanding balance. You still pay for reconnection too. They are looking for more money, but this is not the way to go about it. Scamming Nigerians of hard earned money. Yet the Federal Government is not talking. We know why.. The owners of GENCOs and DISCOs are top politicians who are seemingly untouchable. What do we even enjoy in this country apart from the air we breathe in.. Such a shame on the Minister of Power.. Despite all his mouth.. Now he has flopped big time...

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Re: Don’t Pay After Two Weeks Outage, NERC Tells Electricity Users by Harrynight(m): 11:49pm On May 10





As if NERC will be found when Nepa people come to disconnect the light.

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Re: Don’t Pay After Two Weeks Outage, NERC Tells Electricity Users by Bidphil(m): 11:56pm On May 10
The issue is how do customer make the report?
Is there any website to lodge the complaint or registered number to call? I believe if any of such is put in place, there would be a change. Until then, let's watch what happens.

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Re: Don’t Pay After Two Weeks Outage, NERC Tells Electricity Users by Lanretoye(m): 12:00am On May 11
they will still give the police,nscdc,vgn,army and all to go about with them disconnecting...why tell us not to pay when you can enforce them not to bring bills.

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Re: Don’t Pay After Two Weeks Outage, NERC Tells Electricity Users by Epique: 12:03am On May 11
The politics around this power sector is always funny. At the moment, the same government is finding it hard to meet its obligations to GENCOs through NBET. When there is system collapse on the grid that is being managed by TCN (still wholly owned by the government), you still bill DISCOs, it's basic business sense that they pass such cost to the consumers. Naija na joke! grin

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Re: Don’t Pay After Two Weeks Outage, NERC Tells Electricity Users by bizhop01(m): 12:09am On May 11
Old Story
Re: Don’t Pay After Two Weeks Outage, NERC Tells Electricity Users by Epique: 12:22am On May 11
Lanretoye:
they will still give the police,nscdc,vgn,army and all to go about with them disconnecting...why tell us not to pay when you can enforce them not to bring bills.
@bolded is right on point. Why I always say there's a lot these guys are not telling us. NERC's advice reeks so much of lies, insincerity and hypocrisy. 24 hours supply is still a fantansy. What a country!
Re: Don’t Pay After Two Weeks Outage, NERC Tells Electricity Users by BABANGBALI: 1:19am On May 11
believe that and you will believe that buhari has integrity

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