The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) commissioner in charge of government and consumer affairs, Dr. Abba Ibrahim has said that Nigerians will no longer be required to pay for electricity metres with effect from on June 1, 2012.
Ibrahim revealed this in Ilorin, Kwara State at a forum organised for electricity consumers, suppliers and regulators.
He said that Nigerian electricity consumers would no longer be required to pay for electricity metre when the new tariff order takes effect on June 1, 2012.
He pointed out that electricity metre, technically, belongs to PHCN, adding that PHCN would provide metre for everybody.
Ibrahim, who said the beauty of the new electricity tariff order was the segregation of consumers into several classes, adding that the commission had a target period of 18 months for every electricity consumer to be provided with metre.
He advised Nigerians to go for pre-paid metre, adding that they would not have to pay anything when there was no service.
Ibrahim also said President Goodluck Jonathan had approved a subsidy of N60bn for electricity consumers in the low income cadre this year to cushion the effect of the tariff increase on them.