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Smart metering addresses Ikeja billing problems

31 October 2013, 21:29

Lagos - The Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company (DISCO) has introduced smart metering, an offering it said was part of measures to address the issue of miscalculated and inflated bills.

Chief Executive Officer, Ikeja DISCO, Abiodun Ajifowobaje, said smart metering would allow electricity consumers in the area to pay only for the electricity they consumed.

He said the problem of overbilling as experienced by residents was because many homes did not have prepaid meters.

“With our new smart metering, you can now manage your electricity consumption and know exactly what your bill should be. It also affords you the opportunity to load your meter with your phone or the internet without going to any of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria offices,” Ajifowobaje said while addressing electricity consumers in his office in Ikeja.

Ajifowobaje announced that his company had inaugurated the Credited Advanced Payment for Metering Implementation (CAPMI) scheme to make prepaid meters available to the over 600 000 customers under its jurisdiction.

He also announced that his DISCO has partnered with six indigenous prepaid meter manufacturing companies for an effective meter procurement and installation. These are MOMAS System Nigeria, MOJEC Group of Companies, Chemo-technics, MBH Power, Unistar Hi-tech System and First Global Excel Resources.

Ajifowobaje said the scheme was necessary to urgently address complaints by consumers about estimated billing and other components of service delivery by the company.

According to him, consumers can, under the scheme, apply and pay for meters, which will be installed within 48 hours and get their money reimbursed over a period of time as a means of discount on their electricity consumption.

Ajifowobaje however noted that the scheme had not overridden the Multi-Year Tariff Order (MYTO) introduced in June 2012.

The MYTO scheme provides that the meter be supplied free to consumers and paid for on monthly basis.

The PHCN boss explained that due to lack of funds to procure enough meters from manufacturers at the moment, CAPMI would encourage consumers to get it by paying at first and getting refunded over a period of time.

According to him, the CAPMI scheme is optional and is designed as an alternative for consumers who are willing to advance money to their distribution companies for speedy installation of prepaid meters.

– CAJ News


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