The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission Discos ask to show, within a seven days, why action should not be taken against them for non-compliance with the Credited Advance Payment for Metering Implementation.
The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has issued a query to the distribution companies (Discos) to show, within a seven days, why action should not be taken and sanctions meted on them for non-compliance with the Credited Advance Payment for Metering Implementation (CAPMI).
This information is contained in a letter to the defaulting utilities, namely: Abuja, Benin, Eko, Enugu, Ibadan, Ikeja, Port Harcourt and Yola distribution companies. According to the Commission, this follows the defaulting Discos’ violation of the provisions of the licence terms and conditions.
Dissatisfied with the level of implementation of the CAPMI by majority of the Discos, NERC has, therefore, vowed to commence the enforcement action for noncompliance. “The Commission considers your actions as manifest and flagrant breaches, and therefore, requires you to show cause in writing within seven days from the date hereon, why enforcement should not be commenced against you, and sanctions meted accordingly for noncompliance with the terms and conditions of the license granted you and the order on Credited Advance Payment for Metering Implementation,” the warning read.
The UNION reports that the order introducing the CAPMI scheme became effective on May 14, 2013. Under the CAPMI scheme, NERC directed that the scheme should commence and be implemented at the same time in all the distribution companies.
Furthermore, the Discos were to redeploy meters under the scheme to willing customers, including the installation of same within 45 days from the date of the payment by any customer.
In the letter to the Discos, NERC noted that it had been observed from public consultation and monitoring exercises carried out by the Commission to ascertain the implementation level showed that the Discos either failed or neglected to fully implement the CAPMI scheme.
Condition 2(1) of the terms and conditions of the licence granted the Discos provides as follows: “The licencee shall comply with the conditions of this licence and the requirements of the licenced business as set out in the Act and Regulations approved by the Commission in accordance with the Commission’s statutory duty to monitor all licencees.”
-Teddy Nwanunobi, Abuja