MAP is an approved regulation by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) that provides for the supply, installation and maintenance of end-user meters by other parties approved by the commission. The regulation is expected to fast track a closure of the metering gap and encourage the development of independent competitive meter services in the electricity industry.
In line with the map regulation issued by NERC, Jos Electricity Distribution PLC, was directed to commence the process of engaging Meter Asset Provider (MAP) to serve its franchise areas in accordance with an approved roll out plan. Accordingly, JED PLC adopted Mojec International and Tripple Seventh Nigeria Limited as its joint venture preferred bidder, after the conclusion through a rigorous selection process of the MAP that was duly approved by NERC.
JED was one of the first distribution companies to acquire permit from NERC for commencement of the metering scheme in Nigeria
Consequently, through the map scheme, JED PLC planned to provide at least five hundred thousand (500,000.00) meters to be allotted to our esteemed customers over a period of 3 years.
Under the MAP process, customers that require meters, were expected to enroll and subscribe to any of the approved MAPs and pay for meter upfront or through a staggered payment process.
The upfront payment posed a challenge to the entire MAP program leading to delays and non-compliance by customers due to economic capacity and affordability.
Consequently, the Federal Bank of Nigeria, intervened by introducing the National Mass Metering Program (NMMP) initiative in the middle of 2020.
The initiative will entail the Federal Government of Nigeria through Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) grant loan to the DisCos to enable them meter customers and through regular vending by the customers, recover and payback the loan in 10 years. The National Mass Metering Program was introduced to provide prepaid meters for customers in order to end estimated billings and eliminate metering gap in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI).