The Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) will commence the rollout of free meters to customers under the National Mass Metering Programme (NMMP) by the third week of November2020.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Chief Operating Officer (COO) of IBEDC, Engr. John Ayodele,on Wednesday.
He said in line with the programme, IBEDC is committed to driving the rollout through a series of metering registration and distribution points across different locations within its franchise.
Ayodele stated that the first phase of the programme, which will run till the end of December 2020, IBEDC is rolling out over 100,000 prepaid meters to customers, including those who are duly registered, had passed the technical evaluation and paid under the Meter Asset Provider Scheme (MAPS).
He further stated that the primary objectives of the NNMP among other things is to increase the metering rate in Nigeria; curb losses and increase financial flow to the industry at large.
‘’Part of the objectives also includes the elimination of estimated billing, improving network monitoring capability and strengthening the local content in meter manufacturing in Nigeria,” he added.
According to Ayodele: “This initiative is designed to ensure a seamless metering process that allows customers to register and be metered quickly after following the due process.”
The NMMP is expected to roll out six million meters over the next 18 to 36 months across the country.
Meanwhile, IBEDC has also revealed that it has received the newly approved capping policy-order from the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).
The policy, according to the distribution company took effect from.November 1,2020.
“The capping order would ensure that estimated billing is more equitable and just, pending the time all our customers are fully metered,” it said.