Dissatisfied with the level of implementation of the Credited Advance Payment for Metering Implementation, CAPMI, by most of the
Distribution Companies, DISCOs, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, says it will commence enforcement action for non-compliance.
NERC in a statement yesterday, gave the DISCOs a seven-day ultimatum to show reason why sanctions should not be meted on them for non-compliance, stemming from violation of the provisions of the licence terms and conditions.
The commission listed the defaulting utilities as Port Harcourt, Abuja, Yola and Enugu distribution companies. Others are Ibadan, Ikeja, Eko and Benin DISCOs.
The warning memo reads in part: “The Commission considers your actions as manifest and flagrant breaches and therefore requires you to show cause in writing within seven days from the date hereon, why enforcement should not be commenced against you and sanctions meted accordingly for non-compliance with the terms and conditions of the license granted you and the order on Credited Advance Payment for Metering Implementation.’’
The order introducing the CAPMI scheme became effective on May 14, 2013, in which NERC directed that the scheme should commence and be
implemented at the same time in all the distribution companies.
Furthermore, the DISCOs were to redeploy meters under the scheme to willing customers, including the installation of same within 45 days from the date of the payment by any customer.
In the letter to the DISCOs, NERC noted that it had been observed from public consultations and monitoring exercises by the Commission to ascertain the implementation level; that most DISCOs either failed or neglected to fully implement the CAPMI scheme.
Condition 2(1) of the terms and conditions of the licence granted the DISCOs provides as follows: “The licensee shall comply with the conditions of this licence and the requirements of the licence
business as set out in the Act and Regulations approved by the Commission in accordance with the Commission’s statutory duty to monitor all licensees.”
NERC noted that the DISCOs have been found to be collecting money from customers for credit meters, not minding whether they opted for
the scheme, including not publicising the scheme thus giving misleading information to customers.

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