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NERC To Sanction DISCOs Over Failure To Meter Customers

 

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has said it will sanction any Disco that fails to live up to its performance agreements of providing one million prepaid meters to customers yearly.

The Acting Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, NERC, Mr. Anthony Akah, said that the regulator may have to introduce more interventions to protect the consumers from undue estimated billing.

He said, “NERC has directed the Discos to meet up their metering obligations in line with the performance agreements. And therefore, we are going to look into the number of meters they are supposed to do and hold them strictly accountable. There is no going back on that”.

“If they fail to meter consumers in line with those clear agreements that were duly signed, then we will have to sanction them and may have to come out with other regulatory intervention to protect the consumers from undue estimated billing.”

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The Discos had on Wednesday last week said that the cap on their capital expenditure was a hindrance to meeting the deadline given to them by the Federal Government to meter one million electricity consumers annually.