In the bid to close the metering gap in the country, MOJEC International and its DISCO partners have embarked on a nationwide Mobile MAP initiative, under the Phase 2 of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) ‘Meter Asset Provider (MAP)’ Regulation.
The Mobile MAP scheme is a one-day metering drive designed to actively ensure that customers were metered within 24-48 hours.
During the Mobile MAP scheme, the entire MAP process resides in situ within a specific community to help ensure all unmetered customers in the community are metered within 24 hours. All processes from KYC, to survey, to payment and installation are achieved in record timing.
Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, MOJEC International, Chantelle Abdul, elucidated that they embarked on Mobile MAP so as to remove the complexities confronting consumers in getting the meters under the regular MAP process and create a convenient channel for customers to be metered. Simply put it is metering at your door step.
MOJEC launched the Mobile MAP scheme in collaboration with the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) officials in Abuja where tens of thousands of customers have expressed interest in being metered.
It was gathered that MOJEC currently has over 100,000 meters available for deployment in AEDC network.
Ms. Abdul further states that this scheme would also save the consumers from falling prey to people who extort customers in the name of obtaining meters for them. “Under the MAP scheme, consumers are to pay N63,061.32 for single phase meters and N117,910.69 for three-phase meters which will be returned to them as energy credit,” she pointed out.
To participate, she added that all consumers needed to do was to register on their Disco website.
Chief Business Officer, AEDC Headquarters, Sani Usman, described the exercise as crucial, especially to the consumers who would now know exactly the amount of electricity being utilised upon having the meters installed.
According to him, the AEDC has set a distribution target of 100,000 meters per month, adding that it will be a continuous exercise until all electricity consumers within the Federal Capital are metered.
In his contribution, Regional Manager, AEDC FCT West, Chris Chime, stressed the importance of the initiative, stating that the AEDC has closed over 62,000 metering gaps across the Kubwa/Suleja/Zuma axis of the FCT.
In demonstration of their appreciation to the initiative, consumers were already at the venue, the AEDC Kubwa office as early as 8:30 am to collect their meters as all they had to do was apply for the meter at the Mobile MAP venue and be found worthy to get one.
A consumer, Nnamdi Nzegwu expressed satisfaction with the Mobile MAP initiative. He acknowledged that meters were available and being installed within 24 hours, and expressed optimism that more Nigerians would be encouraged to embrace the metering plan, so as to stop the menace of estimated billing.
He urged MOJEC and AEDC not to relent on getting more Nigerians metered.
MOJEC stated that the Mobile MAP exercise would be carried out nationwide in partnership with the nine Discos that it currently works with.