President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), to commence a nationwide mass-metering programme as part of efforts to end estimated and arbitrary billing for electricity.
Chairman of the NERC, James Momoh, announced this in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja.
According to him, the president also approved a waiver of the import levy on metres, so that those that do not have metres can be supplied as early as possible at reasonable costs.
Stressing that the president took the decisions in response to the yearnings of Nigerians, Momoh urged the public and all stakeholders in the power sector to disregard any reports of an arbitrary tariff increase affecting Nigerians.
He added that measures are in place to protect the poor and vulnerable in cases of tariff reviews.
The chairman explained that tariff reviews would only follow service-based principles.
“Under these service-based principles Distribution Companies (DISCOs) will only be able to review tariff rates for customers when they consult with customers, commit to increasing the number of hours of supply per day and quality of service.
“In all cases poor and vulnerable Nigerians will not experience any increase; in line with these expectations, DISCOs are directed to engage with their customers on a Service Based Tariff structure.
“Under the Service Based Tariff Structure, DISCOs can only review tariffs for customers under the following conditions: