Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) said it has metered 100,000 customers under Meter Assets Provider (MAP) scheme.
AEDC in a statement said it reached the milestone on May 5th, 2020. The MAP programme, a successor to the CAPMI and several other intervention schemes started in May 2019 as a power sector strategic initiative aimed at eliminating estimated billing and closing the metering gap.
NERC puts the number of customers in Nigeria currently on estimated billing at 62.3 per cent.
AEDC said the achievement is the result of a collaborative effort between AEDC Project team, the three Meter Asset Providers (MAP) as well as the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), which has always provided the broad policy guidelines for the execution of the project.
The Abuja Electric Meter Asset Providers are MOJEC International Metering Company Limited (FCT & Kogi State), Tubor Energy (Nasarawa State) and Meron Consortium covering Niger State.
AEDC’s Chief Executive Officer, Ernest Mupwaya, attributed the success to the state-of-the-art ICT facilities as well as the simplified multiple meter application channels that allow customers to apply for meter from the comfort of their homes in any part of the world.
According to him, immediately the company commenced business in 2013, AEDC identified metering as a major success pillar for the reduction of ATC&C losses, hence it has pursued it vigorously, putting in place all necessary infrastructure to ensure that as many customers as possible were metered within the shortest possible time.
He said: “From the beginning, we recognised the importance of metering of customers as one of the key strategic business initiatives we must pursue vigorously. This is what informed the several steps we had taken even before the commencement of MAP in May 2019. In order to speed up the MAP programme, we resorted to Mobile MAP Metering. It is this mobile approach coupled with the robust ICT infrastructure, support from the regulator, our MAPs as well as our project team that has helped us to reach this milestone.”
Mupwaya said AEDC’s ICT infrastructure provided the platform for instant customer registration, site verification, payment and installation of prepaid meters within the ten working day period specified in the MAP regulation thus helping to speed up the metering process while retaining the central advantage of being metered with ease under the scheme.