Electricity consumers in Niger State have been assured easy access to meters as the licensed operators of the Meter Provider (MAP) initiative of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) kicks off in the state.
The licensee, Turbo Energy Limited gave the assurance during the launch of the MAP programme in collaboration with the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) at IBB Mall, in Minna on Friday.
A total of 280,000 households and corporate organizations would benefit from the first phase of the metering project which is designed to eliminate the hitherto prevalent and controversial estimated billings in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI).
Speaking at the ceremony, Managing Director, Turbo Energy, Daniel Obemure, said “Niger State is strategically placed in the power industry and in recognition of this unique position, we have chosen one of the best meters for the state. Our meters are reliable and guarantees 99.9 per cent reading/billing accuracy”.
He also gave assurance on quality service delivery saying, “our commitment to deliver quick, qualitative and efficient service. We hope you will cooperate and give us maximum support.”
In his remark, Niger State Deputy Governor, Alhaji Ahmed Mohammed Ketso, commended NERC for the introduction of MAP, saying the provision of meters to electricity consumers in the state would resolve the crisis between consumers and AEDC over issues of estimated billings.
The Deputy Governor, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Works, Abubarkar Sadiq, charged electricity consumers in the state to take advantage of the situation to purchase prepaid meters in order to avoid estimated billings. He charged AEDC to supply sufficient electricity to their customers in the state.
In his welcome address, the Managing Director, AEDC, Enest Mupwaya, applauded NERC for the introduction of MAP saying it was a viable and bold effort as well as an important milestone aimed at closing the metering gap that exists in the industry.
Represented by AEDC Minna office Manager, Usman Maku Usman, Mupwaya said the provision of meters improves customer’s relations, transactions, improves cash flows, and contributes to reduction in both commercial and collection loss.
“The improved collection efficiencies can improve the sector’s viability, reduce the need for high tariffs in the medium to long-term, while freeing resources for continuous expansions expansion of electricity service and quality improvement, “he said.