About 60 per cent of Nigeria’s electricity consumers lack prepaid meters and are currently being exploited through estimated billing.
Disclosing this in its Second Quarter 2020 Report, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, said: “The huge metering gap for end-use customers remains a key challenge in the industry. The records of the Commission indicate that, of the 10,516,090 registered electricity customers as at 30 June 2020, only 4,234,759 (40.27%) have been metered.
Thus, 59.73% of the registered electricity customers are still on estimated billing which has contributed to customer apathy towards payment for electricity bills. In comparison with the first quarter of 2020, the numbers of registered and metered customers increased slightly by 0.36% and 0.07% respectively.
The increase in registered customers was, in addition to new connections, due largely to the on-going customer enumeration exercise by DisCos through which unregistered consumers of electricity were brought unto the DisCos’ billing platform. Similarly, the increase in metered customers was attributed to the roll-out of meters under the MAP scheme. The Abuja, Benin and Eko DisCos had metered more than 50% of their registered electricity customers as at 30 June 2020.”