The Meter Asset Provider Programme (the “MAP Programme”) is set to commence next week, following the issuance of the MAP Regulations (the “Regulations”) by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (“NERC”) in March, 2018. The objective of the MAP Programme is to fast-track the closure of the metering gap and encourage the development of independent and competitive meter services in the sector. Under the Regulations, a private entity may operate as a meter asset provider (“MAP”) and be licensed by NERC to finance, supply, install, maintain and where necessary, replace electricity end-user electricity meters.
The Chief Executive Officer of Eko Electricity Distribution Company, Mr. Adeoye Fadeyibi opined that the kick-off of the MAP Programme would help to address metering challenges in the sector. There is, however some concern that the Regulations do not provide a sufficient incentive for participation in the provision of metering services to end-users. This complaint is based on the fact that the Regulations restrict each MAP to a specific distribution company and requires the MAP to acquire multiple permits if it seeks to provide metering services to multiple distribution companies. This, it is argued, could prove to be too cumbersome for MAPs seeking or having the capacity to participate in different regions in the sector.
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