THE management of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company, lBEDC, has commenced effective metering of consumers within its franchise. The Disco said the metering, which began on Thursday, August 1, is under the Meter Assess Providers, MAPs scheme.
John Ayodele, chief operating officer, IBEDC, who made this known at a town hall meeting, said there is need for effective metering within its network. He said the essence of the forum was to sensitise customers on how to apply for meter, and also to comply with the directives from the Nigerian Electricity Regulation Commission, NERC.
He said the company kicked off the first town hall meeting to engage and educate customers on MAP. He noted that the scheme was not only for the provision of meters, but also responsible for the installation, maintenance and replacement of faulty meters.
Ayodele said the management was committed to ensuring that its over 988,915 customers got metered with ease at the rate of N38,325,00 for single phase meter, while a three phase meter cost N70,350,00 with VAT inclusive. According to him, MAP scheme was established under the MAP regulation 2018, introduced by the NERC.
“This is to stop incessant complaints over the estimated billings by customers, bridge the metering gap and accelerate meter roll out to enhance revenue generation. The meter providers drawn from the Nigerian private sector are licensed by NERC to encourage the development of independent and competitive meter services,” he said.
Ayodele appealed to customers to go through the proper channel to avoid fraudulent activities, saying there are no hidden charges, no processing fees and no application fees of any kind. He advised customers to apply for meter through online on www.ibedc.com or visit any of their offices to fill the MAP application form.
He noted that after a technical evaluation of the customer’s apartment was carried out, the customer would get a MAP identification number. “This MAP identification number is all that is required to pay at any bank in Nigeria. Meters are then installed in customers’ premises within 10 working days after receipt of payment.”
– Aug. 2, 2019 @ 16:49 GMT |