The Federal Government planned to regulate estimated electricity bills issued by power distribution companies, DisCos, to the unmetered customers from February.
According to the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC the Federal Government’s power sector regulator, DisCos that fail to provide meters to customers would only be permitted to issue a covered sum as estimated bills to the power consumers.
The Commission’s Chairman, James Momoh, told newsmen in Abuja that once the guideline is released, unmetered customers would only pay what NERC compelled DisCos to collect as estimated bills.
He noted the Commission will do everything within its powers to ensure that electricity distribution companies provide meters through the Meter Asset Providers, MAP to their customers.
Momoh explained that the capping guideline would make customers seek for meters, adding that it would also make power distributors provide the facility. He said the regulated fee would be to the advantage of estimated power users.