In a bid to bridge the metering gap and ensure efficiency in service improved delivery among its consumers, the Management of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC), has concluded plans to distribute meters to 90,870 households to its customers in Edo, Delta Ondo and Ekiti.
Head of public affairs, BEDC, Mr Tayo Adekule who disclosed this at a Media briefing in Benin City, explained that the meters were allocated to the company by the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) while the distribution will begin in the first quarter of 2021 from Edo State.
He noted that the meters would be distributed under the National Mass Metering programme (NMMP) starting from Edo State.
He said the distribution will be in done in phases across selected distribution transformers covering 90,870 customers over a period of six months.
A breakdown of the allocation of meters indicates to States indicates that Edo would get 40,995, Delta 22,247, Ondo 19,453 and Ekiti 8,294.
Adekule explained that metering under this scheme is free and customers will not pay the meters.
He, however, stressed that all premises have to be enumerated and shall be certified by the electricity inspector before installation of the Meters.
“Customers who have collected tellers for meters under the MAP and have not paid shall not pay any amount to acquire a meter.
“Any amount paid to the account of MAP shall be refunded in 21 days subject to customers providing the account details for the refund .
“20 percent of the Meters are three phases while 80 percent are single phase.
“Customers in Band A which include those with minimum of 20 hours supply, Band B minimum of 16 hours and Band C minimum of 12 hours of power supply will benefit from the metering during the exercise.
“Band D with minimum of 8 hours and Band E minimum of 6 hours of power supply will benefit from the metering in the second quarter of 2021,” he said.
Commenting on the court case between BEDC and Civil Society Organisations in Edo, Adekule said the parties to the suit have resolved to settle out of court.
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