The Meter Asset Provider (MAP) Regulation, which came into force on April 3, 2018, enabled the creation of the Meter Asset Providers (MAPs) – a new set of service providers, to fast-track the closure of the metering gap currently affecting over five million customers in the Nigeria Electricity Supply Industry (NESI). Besides, the metering scheme will ensure that electricity customers only pay for what they actually consume.
According to the Head, Public Affairs Department of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Agency (NERC), Dr Usman Abba Arabi, under the MAP regulation, customer classes shall be amended to ensure that customers only pay for meters when a meter is physically installed in their premises. But at stakeholders’ meeting held in Lagos, NERC said the MAP licensee must meter the customer not later than 10 working days after such customer has paid for the meter. “Rollout of meters shall commence no later than the 1st of May 2019. Customers of DisCos should expect from the commencement of rollout date for meters to be installed in their premises within 10 working days of making payment to MAPs in accordance with section 18 (3) of the MAP Regulations 2018,” the Commission said.