Metering: EKEDC Issues 2,000 Minimum Stock Mandate Order To MAP Vendors

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Ahead of the plan to re-launch its prepaid meter portal within the Meter Assets Providers (MAP) scheme, Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) has implemented a new prerequisite stipulating that MAP vendors must have a minimum stock of 2,000 smart prepaid meters on hand before being authorized to sell and install meters for new customers.

Mrs Rekhiat Momoh, Acting Managing
Director/Chief Executive Officer of EKEDC made this known on Thursday, during the company’s engagement forum with customers under the Lagos/Victoria Islands District.

This, according to the Acting MD, is part of EKEDC’s plan to enhance the efficiency and reliability of the meter procurement and distribution process.

She emphasised that EKEDC is committed to streamlining the process and providing a more seamless experience for customers seeking to acquire prepaid meters following the deregulation of the MAP smart metering price by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission.

Momoh insisted that the new and existing MAP vendors must have a substantial inventory of prepaid meters on hand, which will be physically verified by EKEDC before they can be allowed to accept payment from customers.

The MD who was represented at the meeting by Mr Samuel Edoho, EKEDC General Manager, Commercial Officer, disclosed the first priority of the company is to massively install prepaid meters in residents of customers who had paid but have not been metered.

She said, “The deregulation of the prices of smart meters deployed under the MAP scheme, effective from May 1, 2024, is a move aims to enable our customers tO acquire meters from vendors of their choice based on competitive open market prices determined through transparent bidding frameworks which will be carried out monthly based on market indices.

Momoh further elaborated that the enumeration of customers is ongoing to determine the number of unmetered customers, particularly those on Band A.


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She said, “Additionally, EKEDC has set conditions for MAP vendors, including that they must clear outstanding meters before selling to new customers, meet specific standards for registration, and operate within the network using 4G-enabled meters.

Addressing issues of persistent vandalism and stealing of distribution equipment, Momoh stressed EKEDC’s firm stance on combating energy theft and meter bypass, highlighting the
imposition of penalties and sanctions on offenders, with a commitment to recovering lost revenue through legal measures.

She solicited customers’ support in the company’s fight against vandalism, meter tampering, and theft, affirming EKEDC’s zero-tolerance policy regardless of the perpetrator’s status.

According to her, EKEDC has partnered with the 81 Division and Nigerian police in Victoria lsland to patrol and safeguard electricity equipment.

She said, “To prevent vandalism and theft EKEDC has strategically deployed security personnel to combat the activities of the vandals. We are therefore urging customers to report suspicious activities promptly to prevent widespread disruptions.

Addressing customer demands for Band A upgrades, Momoh stated that EKEDC’s goal is to migrate all customers, from as low as Band E, to the higher Band A service level with guaranteed availability.

She said, “Significant investments have been made in the Victoria lsland-Lagos lsland axis to increase service reliability, with many BandB customers now enjoying over 16 hours of power supply.”

The Acting MD of EKEDC further explained that the ongoing exercise of upgrading customers from Band B to Band A is contingent on meeting the service level mandates set by NERC.

She said, “We will continue to recommend feeders that have consistently achieved a minimum of 20 hours of power throughout a month to NERC for Band A upgrades.

“As a service provider, EKEDC can only make these recommendations to the regulator after ensuring the feeder meets the 20-hour supply criteria for Band A migration.

EKEDC’s MD also emphasized the company’s dedication to enhancing power supply, particularly for premium customers in the Victoria lsland-Lagos lsland district, stating that relying solely on grid supply is not sufficient to guarantee a consistent power supply to all customers, in the Service-Based Tarriff regime.

She said, “To address this, EKEDC is focusing on bilateral power arrangements and generation to ensure the sustainability of supply to premium customers and maximize available grid capacity.

Babatunde Lasaki, EKEDC’s GM of Corporate Communication, addressed allegations that the company is responsible for downgrading certain feeders to Band B and C, stating that NERC has the authority to downgrade a feeder’s service level if the DisCo fails to meet the minimum threshold of 20 hours of supply.

He said, “In such cases, EKEDC Will therefore notify affected customers of the downgrade.”

“The company’s aim is to avoid charging customers for a service level they are not receiving and instead focus on improving its equipment to meet the required service thresholds” EKEDC GM Corporate Communication said.

Lasaki further explained that if the performance of a downgraded feeder improves, NERC will review and upgrade it accordingly.

Gbadebo Akinyele, EKEDC’s Head of Metering, on his part announced that the metering under the MAP scheme has been deregulated as of April 29th.

This, according to him, allows MAP vendors to determine their own landing costs, and customers can choose from a range of 4G-compliant smart meters that meet EKEDC’s standards.

Akinyele also emphasised that under a
deregulated environment, the price of a single-phase prepaid meter could be as low as N45,000, while a double-phase meter could range from N70,000 to N80,000, subject to monthly adjustments based on foreign exchange rates.

Mrs. Wonu Folami, representative of the Victoria Island and lkoyi Residents Association (VIIRA) praised Island District Manager, Mr. Akeem Fashola for his swift response to fault clearance and supply issues.

Folami described the classification of
customers into different bands by DisCos and NERC as “Apartheid and unfair” implying that the system is discriminatory and unjust.

According to her the disparity in service levels is discriminatory and unjust for some customers to be placed on Band A while other are on lower bands.

Folami also emphasized the urgent need for EKEDC to overhaul its aging equipment, including cables, poles, transformers, and feeders.


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She stated that continual repairs are unsustainable, adding that the equipment being frequently repaired by the DisCo is nearing the end of its operational life.

Folami further stressed the importance of upgrading the infrastructure to ensure reliable power supply to customers, highlighting the strain on engineers tasked with constant repairs of outdated equipment that should have been replaced.

She advocated for a comprehensive overhaul with new and modern equipment to establish a harmonious relationship between the DisCo and electricity consumers, which according to her will ultimately improve service quality and reliability.

Alhaji AbdulLatif Muse, the Executive Secretary of Victoria lsland and Ikoyi Security and Environment Trust, highlighted the critical issue of the introduction of a Service-Based Tariff for Band A customers since the last customer engagement in September 2023.

He said, “The delineation of bands aims to incentivize DisCos to enhance service delivery by upgrading their equipment, leading to increased power supply hours for customers and potentially higher revenue for the DisCos through more customers being moved to Band A.

“This was evident in the enthusiastic response of customers at the engagement meeting, many of whom expressed a desire to be migrated to Band A, citing their willingness to pay for consumption but noting concerns about aging equipment.”

Alh. Muse further viewed the introduction of a special tariff for Band A feeders as a strategic government move to motivate stakeholders to improve their services, as the potential for
increased revenue serves as an incentive.

He therefore emphasized the importance of allowing this process to evolve and mature before passing judgment on the DisCos and the government, noting that the engagement process conducted by EKEDC is positive as it provides transparency on performance and areas for improvement to ensure reliable power supply to customers.

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