The All Electricity Consumer Protection Forum (AECPF) is a group set up to create a conducive working environment and enabling and fulfilling relationship between the electricity providers in Nigeria, and their consumers. The group which works as a regulatory body that ensures apt enjoyment of the value chain in the power sector, has a weekly radio program, where they disseminate the right information regarding the regulatory indices involved in the power sector, as well as protect the rights of both the consumers and the power providers.
Headed by Adeola Samuel Ilori, the AECPF has become the go-to platform, which checkmates the activities of the discos, electricity providers, which oftentimes includes exorbitant estimated billings on consumers. They also serve as conflict resolution platform for aggrieved cases related to power provision.
In a new move, the AECPF is set to sue National Electric Regulatory Commission (NERC), over its Meter Asset Provider scheme, a program by NERC which aimed to close the metering gap and stop exploitation of consumers by the discos. The AECPF grievances is that after engaging the chairman of NERC and asking for clear modalities of the new Meter Asset Provider Scheme, so as to be able to carry the consumers along with the right information, there has been no response from NERC as a body. However, referring to a newspaper article, NERC chairman was quoted as saying that he doubted power consumers willingness to pay for meters.
The AECPF thus sees this statement as a move to further delay the march 31 2019 deadline, given for discos to provide prepaid meters to consumers. Further insisting that power consumers are wiling to pay to get the meters, so as to be free from the exploitative clutches of the discos. The AECPF are thus insisting that compliance be made with the originally approved 22 pilot discos.
And that failure of NERC to do that, they would have to approach the law courts for further interpretation of section 1 (1) of the meter, bills, cash collection and management regulatory law of schedule 2007.
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