The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC said over five million Nigerian electricity consumers were unmetered.
The Commission’s General Manager Abdulkadir Shettima made this known at the launch of a bank consumer and retail financing scheme, for Meter Asset Programme, MAP in Lagos.
The commission recently issued permits to some MAPs to commence roll out of prepaid meters to tackle metering gap and estimated billing.
According to NERC, the move is in accordance with Section four of the MAP Regulations twenty eighteen, to MAPs that were successful in the procurement conducted by Abuja and Jos Discos.
Section of the MAP Regulation twenty eighteen also requires all electricity distribution licensees to engage MAP that would assist, as investors, in closing the metering gap. Also, it is to assist in eliminating the practice of estimated billing in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry, NESI.
The commission said it has directed that the roll out of meters should commence not later than May first, twenty eighteen.