Examining The Implementation of FG’s Mass Metering Policy in Oyo State
As part of measures to drive reforms in the power sector, the federal government introduced mass metering policy.
The thrust of the decision is to ensure electricity distribution companies, DISCOs, provide meters to all consumers in the country.
Radio Nigeria correspondent Olukemi Akintunde examines the implementation of the policy by the DISCOs in Oyo state.
In August this year, President Muhammadu Buhari gave marching orders to electricity operators to ensure that households across the federation were metered.
Investigations by Radio Nigeria revealed however that the implementation of the policy was yet kick off in Oyo State.
According to the Regional Communication Officer, Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company, IBEDC, Mrs Regina Samuel-Adelokun, mass metering was yet to come into effect in Oyo State as the company had not received the meters for distribution.
Mrs Samuel-Adelokun who noted that the process had just begun nationwide, appealed to residents of the state to be patient, assuring that the entire distribution process would be consumer friendly.
The IBEDC Regional Communication Officer said the pace of the distribution process depended much on the federal government, which is the driver of the policy.
Mrs Regina added that there was at the moment no blueprint or communication on modalities as to whether consumers would pay for the meters or otherwise
A resident of Ibadan, Mr Olawoyin Ademola, who explained that he was at the IBEDC headquarters to ascertain if mass metering had taken off, said he was informed that the policy was yet to commence in Oyo State.
Mr Ademola added that he was also told that IBEDC payment portal was not opened when he sought to pay for the meter he registered for in March this year.
Commenting on the development, an economist, Mr Micheal Abegunde commended the federal government for initiating the mass metering policy, noting that it would help address the issue of estimated billing and leakages arising from unscrupulous connections.
Mr Abegunde therefore urged the government to expedite action on the distribution in Oyo State to residents.