In a bid to tackle the menace of estimated billing currently rocking the Nigeria Power Industry, the Federal Government is providing N37bn funding for the supply of meters to consumers via the Meter Assets Providers (MAP). This is affirmative to claims that the federal government is in full support of the third party metering scheme of the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Hon. Babatunde Fashola made this disclosure at the 28th monthly meeting of operators in the sector. The minister also noted that the issue of metering electricity consumers nationwide is a major challenge.
Eko DisCo Dragged To Court, Accusers Request N15million Compensation
The Confederation of Iba Communities has dragged Eko Electricity Distribution Company before a Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja over its alleged nefarious activities. The communities noted that the estimated electricity bills received from the utility company was an act of pure wickedness and are non-acceptable.
They prayed for an order mandating the defendants to pay N15 million compensation for general damages, and declare the current estimated billing mechanism as fraudulent.
Executives And Legislators Team Up To End Estimated Billing
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola on Monday disclosed that the executed and legislative arms of Government had taken up the issue of estimated billing and both are tirelessly finding means to permanently address the issue.
He affirmed that the executive arm had approved the third party metering scheme via the Meter Asset Providers (MAP) initiated by the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), while the legislative arm on their own part is presently attempting to criminalize the practice of estimated billing.
Fashola Pacifies Nigerians On Irregular Power Supply
The Minister of Power, works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola has enjoined power consumers on the impact of the frequent thunderstorms, lightening and windstorms on the availability of power during the rainy season.
He noted that Nigerians should expect some level of irregular disruptions in electricity supply nationwide as the rains continue to fall. However he enjoined the distribution firms to step up to the challenges, and improve on their services and maintain their network to minimize the impact to the barest minimum.
Switzerland To Invest In Clean Energy Sector
Switzerland is willing to invest in Nigeria’s clean energy sector to help the country meet its power needs, its Consul-General Mr Yves Nicolet, has said. According to him, there were 47 Swiss firms operating in various sectors of the economy, including Tellco Europe Nigeria, whose parent company is Tellco Europe Switzerland.
He said more Swiss firms would join the firm, which launched a Swiss technology known as TellcoSol, an off-grid solar power solution. Nicolet, who spoke at a briefing by Tellco Europe Nigeria to mark this year’s World Environment Day, said Switzerland was aware of Nigeria’s energy gap and would bring more investments to the sector.
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