Electricity: FG Orders DISCOs to Terminate Estimated Billing

Electricity: FG Orders DISCOs to Terminate Estimated Billing

The Federal Government (FG) under the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOS) to terminate estimated billing, directs the commencement of a nationwide mass-metering programme in response to the yearnings of Nigerians.

This was disclosed in a statement released by Prof. James Momoh, Chairman, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) in Abuja on Wednesday

According to him, President Buhari also approved a waiver of the import levy on meters, so that those that do not have meters can be supplied as early as possible at reasonable costs.

The chairman explained that tariff reviews would only follow service-based principles.

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He said: “Under these service-based principles, Distribution Companies (DISCOs) will only be able to review tariff rates for customers when they consult with customers, commit to increasing the number of hours of supply per day and quality of service.

“In all cases, poor and vulnerable Nigerians will not experience any increase; in line with these expectations, DISCOs are directed to engage with their customers on a Service-Based Tariff structure.

“Under the Service-Based Tariff Structure, DISCOs can only review tariffs for customers under the following conditions:

  1. “Customers are consulted and communicated a guaranteed level of electricity service by the DISCOs based on hours of supply.
  2. “No estimated billing through the strict enforcement of the capping regulation; this means that unmetered customers will not experience any cost increase beyond what is chargeable to metered customers in the same area”, he said.

According to Momoh, customers receiving less than 12 hours of supply will also not experience any change in tariffs.

He urged the public and all stakeholders in the power sector to disregard any reports of an arbitrary tariff increase affecting Nigerians.

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