Gov. Aiyedatiwa tackles BEDC, others over estimated billing

Ondo state governor, Mr. Lucky Aiyedatiwa, has ordered all Distributing Companies (DisCos) in the state, including the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) to stop giving estimated billing to electricity consumers in the state.

He  asked BEDC to immediately provide their customers with meters.

Aiyedatiwa spoke when he rolled out low cost electricity meters for residents in the state tagged O’datiwa meters under the Ondo State Mass Metering Programme

The Ondo governor said his order would take effect from June 1, 2024.

He said the mass metering programme was in compliance with the Ondo State

Aiyedatiwa, who spoke through the state Coordinator of the Ondo State Electricity Regulatory Bureau [SERB] Engr. Stephen Bolawole, said all DisCos were expected to meter all the facilities within 12 months with effect from June 1, 2024.

He urged DisCos to give customers currently being issued estimated billing priority in the mass metering programme.

The coat of the ‘O ‘Datiwa Meters’ were placed at Single phase meter would cost N101,750, three phase meter would cost N185,000 while the Dinrail meter would cost N78,000, all exclusive of VAT.

According to him, “All relevant stakeholders, including electricity distribution companies and consumers within Ondo State, are to comply with the new pricing structure as specified.”

“DisCos must submit a detailed implementation plan to OSERB within 30 days of the effective date of this Order, outlining their strategy for achieving full metering within the stipulated umetrame.

“DisCos must provide quarterly progress reports to OSERB detailing the number of meters installed,arcas covered,and any challenges encountered.

“BEDC Electricity Plc and other DisCos must integrate the smart meters facilitated by the Ondo State Government through accredited MAPs within six months of the effective date of this Order.

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