The Acting NERC Chairman, Dr. Anthony Aka,
made the disclosure in an interview with the
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), in Uyo on
Aka said that the commission had improved on
metering system, but however, explained that
the unavailability of meter manufacturing
companies were hindering maximum
provision of meters to Nigerians.
“You have to order them, you have to
configured them and protect the system.
“You have to deploy the technical expertise to
ensure that these meters are not bye passed.
But as we speak today, theses meters are
being bye passed,” he said.
He said that the commission would sanction
electricity Distribution Company which failed
to comply with directives relating to the
distribution of prepaid meters.
“It is our responsibility to ensure compliance
with these metering scheduled.
“We have our monitoring team following them
and we want to make sure that if they don’t
deploy the number of meter per month, per
quarter or per year, we are going to sanction
them severely for that,’’ Aka said.
He said, “the customer that do not have
electricity meter and who feels that they gave
him a wrongful billing for that month and has
the right to reject that bill and he should only
pay the last bill he accepted.”
He noted that any customer who paid for
prepaid meter should be metered within 60
days of payment.
“If they don’t meter you, the electricity
distribution company have no right to estimate
you or bill you If you have given money to
them and they have not given you meter after
60 days,” he said.
Aka said that NERC would ensure refunds were
made to customers wrongly billed as well as
install the new prepaid meter.
He decried the situation where PHEDC workers
were attacked by customers in the area, saying
that such act was grossly unacceptable.
“They are doing their legitimate job and for
them to be harassed or interrupted in the
course of doing their legitimate jobs, you are
not helping to solve the problems of electricity
in the country,” he said.
He reiterated the company’s commitment that
electricity consumers were not exploited for
light they did not consumed.
Aka explained that electricity distribution
company was purely a private-driven sector
and not a government sector.
He sad that government was only providing a
regulatory framework and enabling
He noted that fixed charges in electricity
billing did not exist again but had been
recalibrated as part of the charges.
According to him, if there is no electricity,
distribution company should not charge the
“We as a regulators listen to Nigerians, we
remove the fixed charges and recalibrated it
into the energy charged
“What it means now is that if I don’t have light,
you don’t have any right to charge me, If I
travel for three months, you have no right to
come back to my house and charge me,’’ he
He decried the situation where consumers
provide resources to restore faulty power
installations or transformers to the company.
He said that it was the obligation of the
electricity distribution company to provide for
the infrastructure, adding that the tariff paid
by consumers covers infrastructure
He urged electricity distribution company staff
not to compel customers to provide resources
to restore faulty power installations in the
“However, if communities want that, they
should enter into agreement with us as a
regulator being a witness to that and to ensure
that the cost of that agreement should be
refund over time by the distribution
company,’’ Aka said.
He gave Nigerians the assurance that the
regulatory commission would continue to
balance the interest of customers and that of
the operators in the state.
NAN recalled that Akwa Ibom Government is
currently constructing a prepaid meter
manufacturing company in Onna Local
Government Area of the state.