AEDC meters 59,425 customers through MAP
The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, AEDC, said it has so far metered 59,425 customers of the 76,075 request it received across its franchise areas of FCT, Nasarawa, Kogi and Niger.
AEDC’s General Manager, Corporate Communication- Mr Oyebode Fadipe, told newsmen in Abuja that the company has visited and verified 74,554 customers while 65,368 have paid for their meters under the Meter Asset Provider arrangement.
The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, had in 2018 launched the Meter Asset Provider Regulation, MAP, intended to fast-track closure of the end-user metering gap.
According to Fadipe “So far, we have metered 59, 426, so we just have few customers to deal with and they will be sorted out soon.”
“We don’t have any issue delaying the supply of meters, it would just be site verification and other logistics. “The MAP implementation team from the NERC visited our offices and we opened our stores to them and they saw that we have meters.
“They also visited our office in Nassarawa, so our problem is not the issue of meters, it’s just the processes attached to the installation and those processes are quite short, he said.
Speaking on AEDC’s preparation for the Christmas period, Fadipe said the company had always created special technical teams to take care of emergencies during the period.
“We know that during this period, we can have one or two emergencies so that people can have electricity to celebrate during this Christmas. Our technical team will be on ground.
“We stretch our workforce beyond our normal call of duty so that customers can also have the feeling of power supply during the yuletide period,” he said.
Fadipe said that AEDC was carrying out maintenance in the central area in conjunction with the Transmission Company of Nigeria to replace a faulty cable.
He said that the maintenance would eliminate load shedding and ensure an elongated power supply.
“One of the things we are doing is to make sure that we further improve on the capability of our network to take more load.
“We recognise the fact that a lot of people will require more supply during this period, so we prepare for such a high demand period. He said.