Ondo State is to receive 19, 453 free metres from the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) in the first quarter of this year.

The distribution is part of plans to distribute 90,870 metres to four states under the company’s purview.

These are Ondo, Edo, Ekiti and Delta states.

Edo state would receive the largest share of free meters, 40, 995, Delta State 22, 247 and Ekiti, 8, 294.

Head, Public Affairs, Benin Electricity Distribution Company, Tayo Adekunle, disclosed that the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) allocated the meters to the BEDC.

Hoted that the meters would be distributed under the National Mass Metering programme (NMMP), beginning from Edo State and cover the BEDC franchise states in a phased manner on selected distribution transformers covering 90,870 customers over a period of six months.

“The meters will be distributed through the BEDC Meter Asset Provider (MAP) for its franchise areas. Metering under this scheme is free and customers will not have to pay”

He said premises would have to be enumerated and certified by the electricity inspector before the installation of the meters. “

Customers who have collected tellers for meters under the MAP and have not paid shall not pay any amount to acquire a meter.

“Any amount paid to the account of MAP shall be refunded within 21 days subject to customers provision of the account details for the refund. While 20 percent of the meters are three phases, 80 percent are single phase.”

He explained that customers in Band A, which includes those with a minimum of 20 hours supply, Band B with a minimum of 16 hours, and Band C with a minimum of 12 hours of power supply would benefit from the metering during the exercise.

“Band D with a minimum of eight hours and Band E with a minimum of six hours of power supply will benefit from the metering in the second quarter of 2021,” he added.

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