*says NMMP too expected to roll out 6million meters across Nigeria in 18 to 36 months
By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company Plc (IBEDC), Chief Operating Officer, Engineer John Ayodele on Wednesday said IBEDC will roll out over 100,000 free pre paid metres to its customers in this month and ending of December 2020.
Engineer Ayodele who made this known in a statement made available to journalists in Ibadan also hinted that the National Mass Metering Program (NMMP) is expected to roll out six million meters over the next 18 to 36 months across Nigeria.
The IBEDC Chief Operating Officer stressed that the rollout of free meters to customers under NMMP is scheduled to commence by the third week of November,2020.
He declared that in line with this program, “IBEDC is committed to driving the rollout through a series of metering registration and distribution points across different locations within its franchise”.
Engineer Ayodele maintained that the “metering initiative is designed to ensure a seamless metering process that allows customers to register and be metered quickly after following the due process.”
“The first phase of the program, which will run till the end of December 2020, IBEDC is rolling out over 100,000 prepaid meters to customers, including those who are duly registered, had passed the technical evaluation and paid under the Meter Asset Provider Scheme (MAP)”, he said
Engineer Ayodele added, that the “primary objectives of the National Mass Metering Program amongst other things are to increase the metering rate in Nigeria, curb losses and increase financial flows to the industry at large”.
‘’Part of the objectives also includes the elimination of estimated billing, improving network monitoring capability and strengthening the local content in meter manufacturing in Nigeria.
Stressing that the National Mass Metering Program (NMMP) “is expected to roll out six million meters over the next 18 to 36 months across Nigeria”, Engineer Ayodele said IBEDC has received the newly approved capping policy-order NERC /214 /2020 from its our Regulators, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) adding that the ” policy took effect from the 1st of November,2020″ and that, “capping order would ensure that estimated billing is more equitable and just, pending the time all our customers are fully metered.”