The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, says the Federal Government has approved the sanctioning of electricity distribution companies, DisCos who fail to meter customers within their networks.
The regulatory body revealed this in a statement on Wednesday.
According to the statement, all customers should have been metered before Feb. 28, 2017.
NERC said that DisCos who do not meet up with the deadline will begin on March 1.
The statement signed by its Acting Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Anthony Akah, said the decision to sanction, was taken after the initial directives by NERC and the moratorium period given to DISCOs to meter consumers.
The Commission said the move was to protect electricity customers.
In June 2016 after consultation with the operators, NERC said it directed DISCOs to conclude metering of all customers before Nov. 30, 2016.
According to NERC, the commission at the expiration of that notice granted three months moratorium which will expire February 28, 2017 to enable the DISCOs effectively execute the metering deployment plan for customers.
It then urged electricity customers yet to be metered as at February 28, 2017, to report to the commission through any of its Forum Offices in all the states of the federation.
On customers who had paid money to the DisCos through the the Credited Advance Payment for Metering Initiatives, CAPMI programme, NERC implored them to lay complaints and seek redress through its available mechanism.
The Commission then advised customers not to physically attack any official of the DisCos on assignment to their respective communities.
“The Commission is by this notice advising electricity customers not to take laws into their hands by attacking staff of electricity distribution companies.
“They may wish to be guided not to resort to legal proceedings as the first option in seeking redress, but to explore the commission’s redress mechanism to save litigation cost and time”, the statement read.


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