The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has directed the Electricity Distribution Companies (Discos) to with immediate effect, end the regime of reckless billing of consumers across the country.
The directive was handed down yesterday at the April CEOs meeting in Abuja by the Chairman of NERC, Dr. Sam Amadi.
Speaking with journalists at the end of the monthly meeting with generation, distribution and transmission companies, Amadi noted that the DisCos were still engaging in arbitrary billing to which they must put an end.
According to Amadi, it is the responsibility of DisCos to provide customers with pre-paid meters, adding that in the absence of meters, they must ensure that estimated billing follow the guidelines provided by the NERC.
“We have made it very clear that it is the responsibility of the Discos to meter the customers even though we have time gap to bridge the metering deficit but we want to see real action on that.
“We expect to see a robust metering plan but we have also insisted that in the interim before everybody is metered, the reckless estimation must stop immediately”, Amadi.
“What is going on now really in some places is not estimation, it is arbitral because estimation is based on some formula. We have reiterated that they should go back to that methodology but ultimately the solution is fast tracking metering”, he added.
While revealing that all consultations on the interim rule that would govern the Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry (NESI), have been concluded, Amadi said the commission is now ready to sign the interim rules hopefully by next week.