Nigerians to pay more for electricity meters

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The unit cost of   electricity meters has gone up by an average of   31.53 percent under a new price regime just  rolled out by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).

Under the new dispensation due to come into effect on  Monday, November 15, 2021, a single phase meter   will move from   N44,896.17 to N58,662.69 representing a 30.66% increase.

Similarly, the  cost of a three phase meter will cost N109,684.36 from the present N82.855.19 or an increase of  32.38%.

All the costs are exclusive of Value Added Tax (VAT) ,the NERC said in a November 11,2021 circular seen  by The Nation.

In the circular signed by the commission’s chairman,   Sanusi Garba, entitled  ”Review of the unit price of end-user meters under the Meter Asset Provider and National Mass Metering Regulations,” the NERC said the price review   was based   on the “the recent changes in the macro-economic parameters.”

It explained that “In arriving at the approved unit price, the Commission had, in particular, only considered changes in foreign exchange and inflation since the last review of June 2020.”

NERC said “This price review is subject to change upon the conclusion of the procurement process under phase 1 of the National Mass Metering Program. This price is effective from 15th November, 2021.”

However, President Muhammadu Buhari’s Special Adviser on Infrastructure, Mr. Ahmed Zakari,says meters bought under the National Mass Metering Program (NMMP) are exempted from the increase in the meter price review.

Responding to concerns by some consumers, Zakari said: “The regulation is clear. Even if one decides to pay there is a refund process.

“I estimate up to 90% of meters in the market will go through NMMP in the near term so this is not an issue either way.”

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