NERC Commission Customers Forum Office in Kogi State, Promise Strict Monitoring of DISCOs

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By Ameer Ibro, Lokoja.
In line with its mandate to ensure that the rights of electricity users are protected, the Nigerian Electricity Regulation Commission (NERC) has set up forum office in Lokoja to address possible complaints on the day-to-day activities of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC)
The office which is located along Hassan Katsina road in Lokoja was  commissioned on Tuesday by the Chief Executive Officer of the NERC, Prof. James Momoh.
Prof. Momoh who admitted that the commission had recorded a total of 2,165 complaints from Kogi State from January to September 2018 noted that majority of these complaints have been on voltage and billing issues.
The Commission noted the recurring complaints on estimated billing which is mainly due to the low metering status in the sector is the purpose that the Commission has introduced measures to accelerate metering through the Meter Asset Provider Regulator of 2018 and very close monitoring of Electricity Distribution Companies meter roll out plan.
“The present metering gap in Abuja Disco alone is about 440,000 when compared to its total customer size of over one million customers, representing a 40% deficit in metering”, he said.
Prof. Momoh declared that it is however gratifying to note that Abuja Electricity Distribution Company has commenced the procurement of Meter Asset Providers, combined with the implementation of their meter roll-out plan in accordance with the performance agreement signed with government under the privatisation programme.
On his part, the Managing Director of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, Engr Ernest Mupwaya reassured customers in Kogi State of their desire for stable and available power.
To this end, Engr Mupwaya said AEDC has invested the sum of N10billion in metering customers across the state.
He noted that any customer who is unable to obtain their metre from AEDC within the stipulated time would be metered in line with the Meter Asset Provider policy of the Federal Government.
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