A one-year waiver of import levy on electricity meters has been approved by President Muhammadu Buhari to help improve Nigeria’s electricity meter deficit.
This was contained in a social media statement released by President Buhari-led federal government.
See the tweet below:
ELECTRICITY SECTOR: In line with the Federal Government’s commitment to supporting reforms in the electricity industry, and the implementation of @NERCNG’s Meter Asset Provider (MAP) scheme, President @MBuhari has approved a one year waiver of Import Levy on electricity meters.
— Presidency Nigeria (@NGRPresident) August 25, 2020
Naijtech gathered that the media aide to the presidency, Tolu Ogunlesi, announced that the import levy is a big deal in Nigeria’s electricity industry, citing the Meter Asset Provider (MAP) Regulation of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) in 2018.
Ogunlesi added that NERC also ordered a cap on how much DisCos can charge unmetered consumers, as part of efforts to tackle ‘estimated’ billing.
The Presidency said the new regulations would be in line with its commitment to support Nigeria’s electricity reforms and the NERC’s Meter Asset Provider (MAP) scheme. In 2020, Nigeria’s electricity metering deficit rose to 6.75 million, from 4.5 million in 2015.
This right here: A big deal. @NERCNG issued a Meter Asset Provider(MAP) Regulation in 2018 (including targets for DisCos) & has also, at the beginning of 2020, issued an Order capping how much DisCos can charge unmetered consumers—as part of efforts to tackle ‘estimated’ billing. https://t.co/fy53HMv9zw
— tolu ogunlesi (@toluogunlesi) August 25, 2020
Earlier, Naijtech reported that a WhatsApp messaging solution has been launched by Ikeja Electric, Nigeria’s largest power distribution company.The company explained that the innovation offers real-time customers complaints resolution and 24-hour customer support service.
According to the organization, WhatsApp Chatbot works like regular WhatsApp platform and enables seamless two-way communication between customer and the DisCo through the chat interface.
Ikeja Electric, while explaining the functionality, noted that through the dedicated WhatsApp Chatbot number 09088951626, customers can get their account details, check and pay bills, confirm payments, report faults, make complaints and request for prepaid meter.