By Chris Ochayi
ABUJA— The management of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, AEDC, yesterday, announced that it will commence installation of 222,728 pre-paid meters worth about N10 billion to its customers tomorrow.
The AEDC, which made the announcement via a statement issue by Oyebode Fadipe, its Head, Corporate Communications in Abuja, said the installation of the meters marked the second phase of the company’s mass metering programme.
Recall the AEDC had in the first phase of its mass metering project installed no fewer than 150,000 meters for its customers across its coverage area, which includes the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Kogi, Nasarawa and Niger states.
The company explained that its aggressive deployment of meters was part of its determination to achieve 100 per cent metering of its customers to engender public confidence in its billing process, and also to complement the Meter Asset Provider, MAP, Scheme initiated by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, to accelerate the metering of all electricity consumers across the country.
The statement said further that AEDC was implementing the second phase of its mass metering project in partnership with The Meron Consortium, a group which comprised of meter manufacturers, financiers, installers, as well as advisory services firms.
Speaking at a ceremony in Abuja to signal the commencement of the partnership, Managing Director/CEO of AEDC, Ernest Mupwaya, said there were many benefits associated with metering for both the company and its customers.
He said: “For customers, metering gives them the assurance of fair, transparent and accurate billing and also serves as a useful tool for them to manage their consumption and costs.”
“To AEDC, metering equips us with intelligent data to ascertain areas of energy/revenue leakages which will strengthen our commercial vigilance activities to plug such leakages and improve our revenue collection”, Engr. Mupwaya stressed.
Metering, the AEDC CEO further explained, represents one of the key areas of the Company’s strategic transformation programme geared towards aggressively reducing its average technical, commercial and collection (ATC&C) losses, and enhancing its capabilities for exceptional service delivery and growth.
The Group Managing Director of The Meron Consortium, Engr. Emmanuel Ndubuisi, on his part, assured the AEDC’s management of timely delivery and installation of the meters, in line with the terms of his group’s contract with the Company.
In addition, AEDC is in discussion with other interested parties for the supply and installation of more quantities of meters for electricity consumers across its franchise area. This effort, it said, will further complement the MAP initiative.