The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), says that plans are at advanced stage to commence mass installation of 65,000 meters in Niger and Kogi state.
The management of the company stated this in a statement in Abuja on Thursday, said that the installation of the meters was in line with its commitment to metering all the customers under its coverage area.
According to the company, the first phase of the exercise would begin with the installation of 5,000 meters for its customers in Lokoja, before the end of December.
It also stated that the installation of the remaining 60,000 meters for customers in various parts of Niger would begin by the end of January 2017.
It stated that the company was optimistic that the provision of meters for its customers would address the misunderstandings associated with billing issues and reinforce the confidence of customers.
On the load shedding being experienced in its coverage areas, the company attributed the development to the drop in load allocated to it by the System Operator (SO).
The company called on its esteemed customers in Kogi, Nasarawa and Niger to discard insinuations that it was deliberately starving them of electricity.
It explained that in the invent of limited power available to it, load shedding to its customers in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and the three states of its operation became inevitable.
However, the company appealed to customers to show understanding on the development, noting that it had never failed to distribute the load allocated to it by the system operator.
AEDC said it had over time taken a load in excess of its allocation to meet customers’ demand and would continue to optimise its load shedding to ensure fair distribution of energy.