Power companies pledge to distribute meters from May

Eme Offiong, Calabar

Stakeholders in Nigeria have agreed to deploy procured meters to customers across the country beginning from next month to improve electricity supply.

The decision was part of a six point communiqué released after the fourth monthly meeting of the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola with operators in the electricity industry at the Calabar Power Generating Plant, Cross River State.

The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry, Mr. Louis Edozien who chaired the meeting designed to identify, discuss and find practical solutions to challenges in the sector, said “the meeting reiterated the need for more aggressive rollout of metering for all customers. In this regard, Eko, Kano, Kaduna and Jos DisCos confirmed plans to aggressively deploy recently procured metering starting in May 2016”.

“Abuja DisCo assured the meeting that it plans to issue meters 100,000 households by the end of the year, and Port Harcourt DisCo intends to install 110,000 by the end of the year”, Edozien said.

Generated Power

At the end of the forum, Edozien, pointed out that the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission has finalized plans with new distribution companies to supply 260 megawatts of power to consumers in Lagos.

According to him, “the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, informed the meeting of the activation of the agreement between Paras Energy and Eko DisCo to provide 40MW to the Lagos area, as well as the agreement between Ikeja and Eko DisCos, with Egbin power plant for dedicated supply totaling 220MW”.

He also said that the forum urged the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company and Ibom Power Plant to proceed with an agreement to supply over 150 megawatts to customers at the approved tariff.

“The meeting resolved that Port Harcourt DisCo and Ibom Power Plants can proceed with their bilaterally negotiated agreement to supply currently stranded power, starting with 150MW to 250 MW. Port Harcourt DisCo will invest in infrastructure in Akwa Ibom and Cross River States to receive the power and deliver it to customers at the approved tariff”. The Permanent Secretary said

Customer Complaints

While the Transmission Company of Nigeria announced that projects critical to improving power distribution in Aja, Kebbi, Kafanchan, Otukpo, Makurdi, Wudil, Afam, Daura, and Kwanar Dangora are completed or on the verge of completion, the meeting urged each distribution company to establish a responsive customer complaints’ unit.

”The meeting acknowledged the need to improve on the responsiveness and awareness of the Distribution Companies’ Customer Complaints Units, CCU, to ensure that all complaints from paying customers are recognized and resolved swiftly”, said Edozien.

He further stated: “Resolutions were made to publicize dedicated customer complaints lines in four national newspapers by each DisCo in order to support this objective in the next two weeks”.

The meeting was attended by operators at the highest executive management levels, including Managing Directors and CEOs of Generating Companies, Distribution Companies, and the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN alongside other government agencies.

The next meeting will be hosted in Yola, Adamawa State, north-east region.