No fewer than 6.5 million or 62.3 per cent of electricity consumers in Nigeria is still on estimated billing as at December 2019, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), has said.
This was contained in the NERC Fourth Quarter 2019 Report which was obtained from its website by iBrandTV in Lagos.
NERC stated that, “Inadequate metering remains a serious challenge in the industry, with only 3,918,322 (37.77 per cent ) of the total customer population of 10,374,597
“With 62.37 per cent of the end-use customers on estimated billing, huge collection losses due to customer apathy have posed a serious challenge to the viability and sustainability of
The Commission further said in comparison to the third quarter of 2019, the numbers of registered and metered customers increased by 699,850 (7.23 per cent) and 22,825 (0.59 per cent) respectively.
NERC said the increase in the number of registered customers was attributable to the on-going enumeration exercise by DisCos while the increase in metered customers was due to the roll-out of meters under the Meter Asset Provider (MAP) schemes.