The Federal Government on Monday ordered the Nigerian Electricity Regularly Commission to enforce the contract mandating power distribution companies to provide meters to customers and eliminate estimated electricity bills in the power sector.
It said the directive to NERC became vital following the number of complaints coming from power consumers on meters, which the Discos should supply, as well as concerns about estimated billings and mass disconnection, adding that these would not be allowed to continue.
This is coming as the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, tackled the Chairman of NERC, Professor James Momoh, on the number of Meter Asset Providers, who have been licensed by the commission, stressing that the regulator must be serious in its duty of ensuring that the Discos and MAPs provide meters.
Fashola said the companies are aware of the challenges in the power sector, urging them to be efficient in their service delivery to Nigerians or exit. The minister noted that the government’s effort to improve the sector is yielding positive results as power generation is increasing by an average of one thousand megawatts annually.
He, however, insisted that government would not allow any distribution company to frustrate its efforts towards providing a stable power supply for the citizenry.