By Etuka Sunday
The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) yesterday appealed to the federal government to help cut the 45 percent import duty imposed on meters.
This, the company said would help it achieve the installation of 867,291 units by 2022.
The Managing Director of AEDC, Engr. Ernest Mupwaya made the appeal in Abuja during a customer consultation session on the proposed tariff hike in April 2020.
Engr. Mupwaya said, AEDC deployed 170,239 meters in 2019 and targets installing 330,377 in 2020. It will install 257,373 meters in 2021 and 109,302 in 2022 to close the metering gap in FCT, Kogi, Niger and Nasarawa State.
The MD said, “As at today, we have installed 81,155 meters since the Meter Assets Providers (MAP) started. There is a 45 percent import duty on meters which is reducing the influx of meters along with the low capacity of local companies.”
He urged the customers to join their voices with AEDC so the federal government can reconsider the high import duty on meters, saying with lower rates, the DisCo will flood the networks with meters to ensure accurate power consumption and payment.
He said part of the improvement in AEDC is the purchase of N114 million high technology laboratory vehicle that detects underground cable faults.
He also assured that issues of over estimation will be resolved as the DisCo will spend N1.6 billion to buy bulk power meters and install them across transformers.
Explaining the implication of the new tariff, Mupwaya said customers who consume lower quantity of energy will pay lower tariff.
“For the first time, the DisCo is linking its tariff level to performance. We are saying that we cannot give the same tariff of those with 18 hour supply to those getting 12 hour supply.”
Although the planned tariff rose by 35%, Mupwaya noted that customers on single phase meter will pay 5% less than those on the three phase. “This is because the three phase is more costly to maintain in terms of the cables and fault clearing.”
Fielding questions about improvement plans, the AEDC boss said Jikwoyi area of Abuja is an underserved area but will be boosted with the planned 92 power projects.