NERC Says Payments Made for Meters Will Be Refunded
…Says meter payment will hence forth be through Cost of Tariff
Commissioner for the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Mr Nathan Rogers Shatti, has explained that consumers of electricity in Nigeria are not expected to pay for meters in the new guidelines.
According to him, payment for meters be would be covered through tariff costs.
Speaking during a webinar organized by the electricity regulator for customers and stakeholders in the power sector on Wednesday evening, Mr Shatti pointed out that customers who had paid for their own meters would be compensated.
The Commissioner and other senior officials of NERC used the event to educate customers on the new service-based tariff and other complaints regarding their meters.
“Service based tariff is important. It would be applicable for those who are getting the services; let them pay for it.
“There would be a new mechanism for people who used their money to buy their own meters. There have been delays in the implementation; all those who paid for their own meters will be compensated.”
According to him, in the future, the cost of paying for the meters would be added to the new service costs, saying, “Metering, going forward won’t be paid for, but through the costs of tariff.”
He also explained how customers who had paid for their own meters would be compensated. “Their costs would be computed and they would be compensated overtime,” he said.
President Muhammadu Buhari had approved the much-anticipated electricity tariff increase effective from September 1st, 2020.
By Chibisi Ohakah, Abuja