The eleven electricity distribution companies (DisCos) and the Meter Asset Providers(MAPs), are facing dearth of meters, due to the rising cost of clearing the product at the ports, The BoldNews has learnt.
It was gathered that the cost of clearing meters and other equipment used in the sector, has not gone up considerably, a development, which has made it difficult for the firms to meet their
obligations to customers.
The government unbundled eleven distribution and six generation companies unbundled from the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) during privatization in 2013 and approved the operation of meter asset providers in 2018, with a view to scale up the process of providing meters to customers in the sector.
Speaking to the Bold News, on the issue, the Director of Planning and Advocacy, Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED), Mr $unday Oduntan, said the development is having untold effects on the operation of the dub-sector.
He said meter asset providers, due to high cost of import duties, do not have enough meters to distribute to customers residing in their franchise zones.
Oduntan said that the DisCos and the meter asset providers are two separate entities, adding that ANED would support the DisCos , with a view to enable meter asset providers achieve their objectives.
He urged the government to introduce zero percent import duties on imported meters, adding that the local manufacturers of meters must be made to benefit from the development.
It would be recalled that the Minister of State for Power, Mr Goddy Jedy Agba, recently advised the Federal Government, to reduce the import duties on meters.
Agba, during a visit to the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company(AEDC), said the idea has greatly affected the supply of meters in the sector.