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Sunday, May 12, 2019

If there is power outage of 2weeks, don’t pay bill – NERC


The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) on Friday said that the Meter Asset Provider (MAP) guideline has ceased the power Distribution Companies from gathering vitality and administration charges following two weeks of intensity blackout. 

Its executive, Prof. James Momoh, broke the news at the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) dispatch of the MAP in Abuja. 

He said the guideline was structured in a way that sees the customer as the lord in the Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry (NESI) esteem chain. 

The client, he stated, is required to have the best administrations he can have. 

As per him: "Due dates were given in the guideline to the DisCos, even the commission with the goal that we don't postpone so the clients get the administration at the time that it is required. 

"For example, if a meter is going to be introduced, it must be introduced inside 10 days of making installment. There will be approvals of that due date isn't met. 

"Number two, to guarantee there will be endorse, the MAP has been approached to give a bank execution ensure that will be called upon. So they will lose cash in the event that they delay in giving the meters even by one day. 

"Number two, if the meters get awful, they will be supplanted by the MAP with no installment for the whole ten years time frame. On the off chance that the meters don't work they should be supplanted inside two days, in the event that they are not supplanted inside two days, the client won't make the month to month clients administration charge installment. That installment will be seized. 

"Another piece of the guideline is that if there is a drawn out blackout and they are out of power for a considerable length of time, notwithstanding other measure that the commission is taking to address those sort of situations, the client won't pay for the meter administration charge and won't pay for the power if there is blackout for over about fourteen days." 

Posting the goal of the guideline, Momoh said the principal significant goal is the expulsion of assessed charging so as to evacuate the debates around it. 

He included: "The clients are glad to make the installment. The second issue is income confirmation, upbeat clients will pay. 

"Nigerians are eager to pay for the administrations they can get so that there will be income affirmation and that will affect on the business in general. Right now, the incomes in the business are not adequate to empower ventures and better administrations. Along these lines, it resembles an endless loop and this metering is planned to address that issue." 

Talking, the AEDC Managing Director, Engr. Ernest Mupwaya, uncovered that through and through the organization has wanted to meet the clients in its establishment territories with 900,000 meters. 

He said that remembering that the clients would expand, the meter merchants would likewise cook for their metering. 

He stated: "On the whole, 900,000 traditions have been booked for metering in AEDC establishment region in the primary example. Being a moving target, we know that the number may increment and as it does, the merchants will take them along." 

The delegate of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Council, Omajo Nwachukwu, cautioned the gatherings not to bargain the procedure in the execution of the guideline. 

She demanded that clients that are not happy with purchasing their meters with credits from the business banks ought to be permitted to buy them straightforwardly from the Meter Assets Providers.

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