Ikeja Electric launches mass metering programme at Okota
Ikeja Electric Distribution Company (IKEDC), at the weekend, commenced the rollout of the National Mass Metering Programme (NMMP) in Victory Estate, Ago Palace Way, Okota area of Lagos State.
The programme is part of the Federal Government’s effort to bridge the country’s metering gap and also cushion the effect of the Service Reflective Tariff on electricity consumers.
Under the NMMP scheme, six million meters are projected to be deployed to all the distribution networks in the country. The programme kicked off its first phase with the rollout of one million meters to all the Distribution Companies (DisCos).
IKEDC Oshodi Business Unit Manager, Mr. Taofeek Alade Obasanya, said communities across the six business districts – Ikeja, Abule-Egba, Akowonjo, Oshodi, Ikorodu, and Shomolu – would be visited within the next two months to deploy 106,701 prepaid meters.
“Under this programme, customers are going to be metered without making an upfront payment. We are starting with Victory Estate and 288 meters will be deployed today. The manner of installation is what we called one-day metering, we will visit a particular estate and all the customers that have not been metered will apply that same day, they will be surveyed and the metering will be done the same day.”
Obasanya noted that the Federal Government intervention would run concurrently with the ongoing Meter Asset Providers (MAP) programme.
Oluwatayo Alex Ogunjaiye, Project Manager of Mojec, one of the meter asset management firms, said customers who had earlier made payments would also get their meters.
“This is a Federal Government intervention and it doesn’t stop the MAP initiative of those who have paid earlier. There was a delay at the ports. But we currently have meters moved to our warehouse from the ports. We have 40,000 current stock under MAP and more stock for the NMMP intervention.”