Electricity Distribution Companies (Discos) have been ordered by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to immediately end reckless billing of consumers across the country.The directive was handed at the April CEOs meeting in Abuja by the Chairman of NERC, Dr. Sam Amadi. Briefing journalist at the end of the monthly meeting with generation, distribution and transmission companies, Amadi stated that that the Discos were still engaging in arbitrary billing to which they must put an end. He stated that it is their responsibility to provide customers with pre-paid meters, adding that in the absence of meters, the Discos must ensure that estimated billing follow the guidelines provided by the NERC. “We have made it very clear that it is the responsibility of the Discos to meter the customers even though we have time gap to bridge the metering deficit but we want to see real action on that. We expect to see a robust metering plan but we have also insisted that in the interim before everybody is metered, the reckless estimation must stop immediately,” Amadi said. SEE MORE AFTER CUT>>>>>>
“What is going on now really in some places is not estimation, it is arbitral because estimation is based on some formula. We have reiterated that they should go back to that methodology but ultimately the solution is fast tracking metering,” he added.
While disclosing that all consultations on the interim rule that would govern the Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry (NESI), have been concluded, Amadi said the commission is now ready to sign the interim rules possibly by next week.