Prepayment Electricity Meters

Government resolute in dealing with DisCos selling prepayment meters to consumers ─Buhari

*We have made it very clear through the regulator’s (NERC) direct order, as well as intervention from the Ministry of Power that the meters are to be provided to Nigerians at no cost: President Muhammadu Buhari

Alexander Davis | ConsumerConnect

Against the backdrop of the perennial challenges Nigerian consumers have faced on issues surrounding electricity supply and distribution over the years, President Muhammadu Buhari has said he will enforce tough measures against any electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) or their agents selling prepaid meters to their consumers, against the directive on free distribution of meters.

It was learnt Ahmed Rufai Zakar, Special Adviser to the President on Infrastructure, who represented President Buhari at the FGN/NLC-TUC ad-hoc committee on electricity tariff stakeholders’ engagement in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, stated this Wednesday, December 2, 2020.

Zakar quoted Buhari to have said that he understands the plight of Nigerians on issues concerning electricity, and that he is determined to deal with bad elements in the power system.

“We have made it very clear through the regulator’s direct order, as well as intervention from the Ministry of Power that the meters are to be provided to Nigerians at no cost. “Even for meters that were paid for, there is the directive from the regulator to the DisCos that they would need to find a way to reimburse those citizens over time.

The Presidential aide declared that “in cases where we find any DisCo or DisCo representatives selling the meters or exploiting Nigerians to be able to get meters by paying, we would take the full measures of the law.

The President has mandated that these meters must be free. We have also said that they must come from local manufacturers. This would create jobs and revive our industry.”

Earlier, the Presdiency had directed that six million prepaymeny meters manufactured or assembled locally should be made available to electricity consumers to stop their opposition against estimated billing and even increase in electricity tariffs.

Restating that he remains committed to the protection of poor and vulnerable Nigerians from increased electricity tariffs and arbitrary estimated billings, Buhari stated that he is working to ensure that the electricity distribution companies get committed to increasing the number of hours of electricity supply everyday and improve on the quality of service in Nigeria.

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