The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has said that Nigerians are not expected to pay directly for electricity meters issued to them.
The commission says that the National Mass Metering Programme(NMMP) is designed to provide all electricity consumers with meters without any payment.
NERC disclosed this in a statement issued in Abuja on Monday.
“We wish to reiterate that the NMMP designed to provide all consumers of electricity with meters is a policy intervention of the Federal Government supported by the Central Bank concessionary loans to Electricity Distribution Companies (DisCoS).
“This laudable initiative is still very much on course as a total of over 900, 000 units of meters have so far been installed under the takeoff scheme without any payment by benefiting consumers.
“While this doesn’t cover many of the unmetered customers, we are pleased to inform electricity consumers that the next phase under which about four million units of meters would be procured from local meter manufacturers has commenced,” it said.
The Commission also stated that consumers may decide to acquire a meter from the Meter Asset Programme, pending the conclusion of the NMMP procurement processes and the commencement of manufacturing and installation.
NERC said that the regulatory framework approved by the commission under MAP/NMMP allows for refund of the cost of meter through energy credits to the customer at the time of vending.
The commission said that the recently issued notice by the commission on the adjusted cost of the meter was designed to protect consumers from arbitrary pricing by MAP.
In other to avoid NERC misinforming innocent consumers on any regulatory matters, NERC advised that clarification be made from its Public Affairs Department.