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The Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) has commenced the distribution of 104,000 prepaid meters in Ogun State.
The distribution is part of the federal government’s National Mass Metering Programme (NMMP) in partnership with Disco and Local Meter Manufacturers.
The federal government had late last year announced that it is rolling out 6 million meters over the next 18 to 36 months across Nigeria.
This move according to the federal government is part of efforts to further bridge the country’s metering gap with each region of the country receiving one million meters.
Sequel to this, IBEDC commenced the rollout of free meters to customers under NMMP with a distribution of 100,000 meters in Oyo State.
The first phase tagged zero phase in Ogun will see the distribution of 104,000 while the number is expected to increase in subsequent phases.
Speaking at the flag off in Ogun State, the Head of Metering Unit, IBEDC, Engr. Adewale Obajemu disclosed that the 104,000 is tagged zero phase adding that other phases will commence soon.
Noting that the meter will seek to find lasting solution to all inaccuracies in charges, Obajemu warned customers against by passing.
In his words, “We are installing 104,000 prepaid meters for the zero phase in Ogun. The first phase will commence as soon as the trial phase is concluded.
“We are giving meter to all registered customers, we are saying bye to estimated billing, dispute in meter payment and all inaccuracies. Distribution is free; you are not to pay any money. But, your BVN will be required when installing, cooperate with our staff. The use of BVN is to ensure accountability and that meters are given to existing customers. We will be using third party for the installation, allow them to work but ask for IDs before attending to them.
“For installation, your service cable must be standard, minimum of 16mm and must not be in the ceiling. The meter is not serviceable, call our customer care if there is any issue with the meter. We need to warn our people not to bypass it, it will destroy the meter call us for any issue.”
While adding that every area in the state has been grouped for the distribution, he explained that the meter is preloaded with up to 400 units expected to suffice till the meters are ready for charges.
“Every area will be covered but not all households. We have worked with different agencies and even used Google to group every area in the state”, he said.
The Ifesowapo Community Development Association (CDA) of Pegamount Estate Ikeshi, Ota were the first to benefit from this free metering programme in Ogun State.
The CDA chairman, Emmanuel Dauda expressed delight at the community being the first to benefit from the metering programme, he assured the IBEDC that members of the community will cooperate by not tampering with the meter.