Under the National Mass Metering Program, the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) began the distribution of 104,000 free meters in Ibadan, Oyo State on Wednesday.
Introduced by President Muhammadu Buhari last August, the Program aims to distribute six million meters across the country, in an effort to boost the national metering rate and do away with arbitrary estimated billing. One million meters have been distributed as part of the first rollout.
“We are here to launch the National Mass Metering for the Federal Government. These are free meters, so customers are not paying for it. The essence is to discourage estimated billing that a lot of customers have been complaining about,” said Ayo Adio, Head of Customer Support, IBEDC. “We believe that within a few weeks, most of the customers that are designated for meters will have them installed in their premises.”
The metering initiative provides loan facility to both DisCos and local meter manufacturers – in turn, providing a valuable opportunity for Nigerian manufacturers – to ensure that consumers will no longer pay for meters, and that those who already have will be refunded.
Distribution of meters took place in Ikolaba, Agodi and Bodija, among other areas in Ibadan.