Abuja residents to get free electricity metres

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Pre-paid electricity metres in Nigeria
Pre-paid electricity metres in Nigeria

The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has resolved to procure and install 80,000 meters free of charge to more customers under its mass metering project.

The Head of Public Relations and Media of the company, Mr. Ahmed Shekarau, said that the metres were in addition to the 57,000 installed for customers through the Credited Advance Payment for Metering Implementation (CAPMI).

He said that AEDC had already signed a contract this year for the supply of the first 30,000 meters for the mass metering project, adding that the process of procuring another 50,000 was being finalised.

He said the mass metering approach was assisting the company in its operations.

“The metering approach is good because it helps us in calculating how we distribute energy.

“Overall, metering is one of the biggest investments we have made in the transformation of our business,” he said.

Mupwaya, however, decried the menace of vandalism on AEDC’s network.

He said that the company was working closely with security agents, especially the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) to ensure strong vigilance on power installations and facilities.

According to him, the company has recorded success especially in revenue generation and replacement of the archaic billing system with a modern and efficient one.

Other achievements includes consolidation of the five disparate vending platforms into one uniform functional system, aggressive metering of small and large power users, as well as massive investments in network improvement .

He said the company had also procured and installed 348 transformer as well as installed infrared cameras to detect hot spots on the lines.

Other achievements, the MD said, included the introduction of world class customer care service and a 24/7 call centre, which have helped to improve customer relations.

According to the statement, the management of BPE commended AEDC for putting in place a world class information and communication technology (ICT) infrastructure which enhances efficient service delivery to customers.