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Estimated Billing: IBEDC Urges Customers To Apply For Meter Asset Provider

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The Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) has urged its customers in the region to apply for Meter Asset Provider (MAP) Scheme to avoid estimated billing.

Mr John Ayodele, IBEDC Chief Operating Officer, said this at MAP customers’ town meeting on Tuesday in Osogbo.

Represented by Mrs Angela Olarenwaju, IBEDC Head of Corporate Communications and Strategy, Ayodele said MAP was introduced by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to put a stop to the incessant complaints over estimated billings by customers.

He said the scheme would also helped to bridge the metering gap and accelerate meter roll out to enhance revenue generation.

It would be recalled that NERC had on April 5 directed all Distribution Companies (DisCos) to commence the distribution of prepaid meters under MAP not later than May 1, 2019

Ayodele said meter providers were drawn from indigenous private sector and licences by NERC to encourage development of independent and competitive meter services.

He said the Town Hall meeting was organised to engage and educate customers on MAP.

Ayodele said that the scheme was not only for the provision of meters, but also responsible for the installation, maintenance and replacement of faulty meters.

He said IBEDC was committed in ensuring that its 988,915 customers get metered with ease.

Ayodele said customer could get a single-phase meter for N38, 325, while a three-phase meter would cost N70, 350.

He said meter customers would be installed in customers premises withing 10 working days, after confirmation of payment.

Ayodele said application for meter by customers had commenced by Aug. 1.

He appealed to their customers to go through proper channel for the purchase of the meter, adding that there is no hidden charges, processing or application fees.

The interview done for one of the customers, Mr Adebisi Agboola who commended the process said, he hoped that the process will resolve the challenges of estimated billing that the people have been encountering overtime.

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