The Federal Government has taken advantage of the new Meter Asset Provider (MAP) regulations to give a grant of N37 billion to a private sector operator to supply meters to interested Distribution Companies (DisCos).
Power, Works and Housing Minister Babatunde Fashola, who spoke at the 28th monthly meeting of power stakeholders in Kaduna, said the Federal Government provided the fund based on the demand for meters, given the increasing power generation, transmission and distribution in the country.
He noted that estimated billings fuelled conflicts among electricity consumers and the DisCos, adding that the easiest way to restore confidence in the sector is meters provision for customers.
Fashola said as power continued to increase in generation, transmission and distribution, the demand for meters will increase because more power supply and consumption will likely result in increased bills.
“Estimated billings in these circumstances will become a major cause of distrust and conflict between consumers and DisCos, and meters are the easiest way to build the bridge of trust.
“On the executive side of government, we are responding by taking advantage of the MAP regulations to deploy a fund of N37 billion toward supplying meters through private sector.
“I urge all DisCos who have not taken advantage of this opportunity to quickly do so, or make their own funding arrangements to contract their own meter providers to supply and install meters.
“I know that Yola DisCo is talking to the meter asset provider for 400, 000 meters. I know that Abuja DisCo is also indicating interest for 250,000 meters.
“I know that other meter asset providers are also talking to various banks and funding organisations to see how they can get into this business and get licensed by NERC.”