The Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, had disclosed that from August 1, Meter Asset Provider, MAP scheme will make it possible for electricity consumers to purchase prepaid meters before making a payment.
NERC’s Commissioner of Finance and Management Services, Nathan Shatti, made the disclosure to The Punch on the side-line of a press briefing in Lagos.
According to Mr Shatti, MAP scheme has two payment options — an upfront payment and a post-payment alternative.
He explained that customers would be able to pay in instalments through a monthly service charge fee, for between one to 10 years.
Mr Shatti also revealed that the scheme which was supposed to fully kick-off in May was delayed by some documentation hitches.
“Currently, we have asked or encouraged the MAPs to concentrate on the upfront payment for obvious reasons.
“The payment by instalment is scheduled to commence on August 1, 2019,” he informed.
Mr Shatti stated that Discos have given MAPs designated areas and meter rollout plans for those areas.
“MAPs will then determine the type of meter the customer needs and the customer will decide how long (the period) he/she plans to pay for the metering services.
“After confirming the type of meter and period of repayment, the MAP will install meters across the whole area in an organised and systematic manner – no exception, all customers without meters in those areas must be metered by the MAP,” Mr Shatti explained.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that companies under MAP scheme will take the burden of meter role out from the distribution companies and supply the equipment to customers, after receiving clearance from the Discos.