NERC: DisCos lied, we didn’t direct them to decommission metres

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) says it has not directed the decommissioning of metres by the Electricity Distribution Companies of Nigeria (DisCos).

NERC’s General Manager, Public Affairs, Mr Usman Abba-Arabi, made this known in a statement in Abuja on Friday.

Abba-Arabi said that the commission did not also direct payment of outstanding bills as a pre-condition for acquiring metres under the Metre Assessment Programme (MAP).

He said that the attention of NERC has been drawn to the ongoing practice of some DisCos forcing customers to invest in the replacement of distribution infrastructure.

“Such as transformers, cables, etc, as a condition for the restoration of electricity supply.

“The commission had earlier issued a ‘Regulation for Investment in Electricity Networks’ whereby customers desirous of intervening in the restoration of power supply may invest in the provision of materials and installation.

“The regulation provides that such an arrangement must always be on the basis of an executed ‘Project Agreement’ between the customers and distribution company.

“In which the costs and the mechanism for recovery of the investment are mutually agreed between the parties,” he said.

The general manager said that customers are requested to report any DisCos that has engaged in the practice of forcing customers to supply materials or installation as a precondition for providing or restoring electricity supply.

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