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NERC fixes date to sanction DISCOs over non provision of meters for customers

The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission says it will sanction Distribution Companies which failed to meter electricity customers in their networks before February 28, 2017.
NERC in a statement on its website and obtained by News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja on Wednesday, said sanctioning of the defaulting DISCOs would begin on March 1.
It stated that the envisaged sanction was sequel to the initial directives by NERC and the moratorium period given to DISCOs to meter consumers.
The company said this was in line with its mandate of protecting the rights of customers.
It said it had in June 2016 after consultation with the operators, directed DISCOs to conclude metering of all customers before November 30, 2016.
According to NERC, the commission at the expiration of that notice granted three months moratorium, which will expire February 28, 2017, to enable the DISCOs effectively execute the metering deployment plan for its customers.
It stated that any electricity customer yet to be metered as at February 28, 2017 should report to the commission through any of its Forum Offices in all the states of the federation.
NERC urged customers that had advanced money to the DISCOs through the now wound down Credited Advance Payment for Metering Initiatives to make use of the complaint redress mechanism.
It said: “The Commission is by this notice advising electricity customers not to take laws into their hands by attacking staff of electricity distribution companies.
“They may wish to be guided not to resort to legal proceedings as the first option in seeking redress, but to explore the commission’s redress mechanism to save litigation cost and time.”