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The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) NERC, on June 11, directed MD customers not provided with meters to stop paying estimated bills presented by distribution companies.Read Also: Man Spent 17yrs In Jail For A Robbery Crime Committed By His Lookalike(Photos)
The commission also directed the companies not to disconnect such customers.
It advised such customers to report to the commission, if disconnected.
NERC said that the directive was to make the companies to effectively execute metering deployment for MD customers.
However, Electricity Distribution Companies, Monday, said that the government’s directive asking consumers yet to be metered not to pay electricity bills is applicable only to Maximum Demand (MD) customers.
The Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) and Ikeja Electric made this known in a statement jointly signed by Heads of their Corporate Communications, Messrs Felix Ofulue and Godwin Idemudia.
The companies said that residential consumers were not included in the directive issued by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).
They said that the clarification was necessary because of a report claiming that NERC directed all consumers yet to be metered to stop paying electricity bills.
Maximum demand customers are commercial and industrial customers, who consume high levels of electricity and contribute substantially to the revenues of distribution companies.
“We are happy to report that our maximum demand customers have been provided with meters as directed by NERC and are no longer billed by estimation.