The proposed meter deployment under the Meter Assets Provider Scheme from the year 2019 to 2022 has been projected at six million.
This was stated at a meeting between the Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency and the distribution companies and their meter assets providers.
The ongoing Meter Assets Provider Programme (MAP) is meant to put an end to metering challenges faced by customers in the country.
The obligation to ensure that all electricity consumers are metered remains with the Electricity Distribution Companies.
Sadly there have been cases of estimated billing, and complaints about consumers not getting their meters on time.
One of Distributors who spoke, also points out that the usual complaints from the consumer is that the meters run faster in billing.
Power distribution companies in the country installed 26,000 meters under the Meter Asset Provider scheme in four months, even though over 250,000
applications were received from customers.
According to the regulator, out of the 8,840,801 registered electricity customers, only 3,793,895 (42.9 per cent) have been metered as at the end of the first quarter of 2019.
Thus, 57 per cent of customers are still on estimated billing which has contributed to customer apathy towards payment for electricity,