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Over 1 million free electricity meters to be distributed – Buhari promises

President Muhammadu Buhari has restated his administration’s commitment to ending estimated billing in all forms in Nigeria. He said his government would ensure that Nigerians pay only for the electricity they consume.

The President made the promise in a series of tweets he posted on his official Twitter handle, on Wednesday

The President said the government was making money available for the distribution of one million free meters in the first instance while the target is to meet the 6.5 million deficit of meters nationwide.

Buhari wrote, “Under the first phase of the Presidential Mass Metering Initiative, we are making funding immediately available for DisCos to roll out 1,000,000 meters in the first phase, at no cost to consumers. Deployment has already started in parts of Kano, Kaduna, Lagos and Abuja.

“Future phases of this metering initiative will help us fully meet the 6.5 million deficit of meters nationwide and will impact an estimated 30 million consumers. All meters under this programme will be sourced from local manufacturers and in-country stock, to create jobs.

“We are committed to ending estimated billing in all forms in Nigeria, and ensuring that Nigerians pay only for the electricity they consume.”

NewsWireNGR recalls that in 2020, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) said it had repealed the estimated billing methodology regulation, effective February 20th, 2020. Following the repeal, the estimated billing should no longer be used as the basis for computing the fees of unmetered electricity consumers in NESI. One of the major reasons for the repeal is to completely eradicate arbitrary billing, which basically entails charging electricity customers exorbitant fees that are higher their actual consumption.


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