About 5,400 electricity consumers in Ijora, Iponri, Orile, Masha, Mushin, and part of FESTAC Town of Lagos State have acquired new smart meters designed to replace the old prepaid meters.
The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN reports that the meters were installed by the Eko Electricity Distribution Company, EKEDC between February and April 10.
Assistant General Manager, Public Affairs of the company, Mr. Godwin Idemudia, said in Lagos that smart meters are new technologies in electricity metering that created an inter-face between electricity providers and consumers.
According to him, the smart meters which are available both in pre-paid and post-paid platforms, allows electricity providers remote access to consumers meters, ascertain its working condition and monitor cheats.
Idemudia said that the pilot smart meter installation programme commenced early in February in the six densely populated areas under its jurisdiction.
“The exercise is a continuous programme which will take three years to conclude. The company will spend close to N12 billion on the project. We have applied to banks for the money and they are releasing it in batches,” he said.
He appealed to electricity consumers that are yet to benefit from the programme to exercise patience, stressing that consumers under EKEDC would soon get free smart meters.
Idemudia, however, said that any consumers that could not wait for free meter due to estimated billing could apply through Credited Advance Payment for Metering Implementation, CAPMI scheme.
He said that through the scheme, smart meter would be installed within 45 days after payment, adding that one phase meter would costs N39,650 while three-phase attracted N68,906.

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