MDAs metering: NERC awaits reports from Discos

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission says the report of electricity distribution companies on compliance with the August 31 deadline to meter Ministries, Departments and Agencies will determine the next line of action.

General Manager, Public Affairs, NERC, Dr Usman Abba-Arabi, spoke with the News Agency of Nigeria on telephone on Wednesday, three days to the expiration of the deadline.

BRANDIMFO had exclusively reported that the commission had given an August 31 deadline to the power distribution companies to install meters at the MDAs of federal and state governments.

The order was jointly signed by Prof. James Momoh, Chairman and Mr Dafe Akpeneye of the Legal Licensing and Compliance at NERC.

The commission said it was mandatory for the power distributors to provide all the MDAs with appropriate meters within a period of 60 days beginning from July 1.

On the action to be taken at the expiration of the deadline, Abba-Arabi said it would be dependent on the report received from the Discos.

He said, “We have given a directive to Discos to meter all the MDAs by August 31 and we have to wait for their report at the end of the month before we can take any decision.

“We can’t assume or predict what sanctions to be meted out to defaulters as we speak because the month has not ended and we have not received Discos reports.

“When Discos report back at the end of the month, we will now study, analyse and give a position based on their reports.”

NAN reports that the order for metering reiterates that the responsibility and initiative for revenue collections from all customers including ministries, departments and agencies of states and Federal Government rest with the Discos.
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