“I'm Frustrated”: Nigerians React After NERC Asks Users to Update Their Prepaid Meters

“I'm Frustrated”: Nigerians React After NERC Asks Users to Update Their Prepaid Meters

  • Nigerians have taken to social media to ask questions about the recent upgrade post by NERC
  • Some criticized the development, regarding it as a scheme for more tariff hike
  • There are also many questions about how to easily go about the update.

Nigerians have reacted to a recent social media post by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) which urged all electricity consumers using prepaid meters to update their meters before November 2024.

NERC had earlier asked all electricity consumers in Nigeria using prepaid meters to update their meters before November 2024.

In an update via its official Twitter account on Tuesday, August 22, 2023, the commission enjoined electricity consumers to take note of the deadline.

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Nigerians react after NERC asks residents to update their prepaid meter credit: Melanin News, City of Ekurhuleni
Source: UGC

Meanwhile, the commission highlighted that the update will neither affect the units in customers' meters nor make them run faster than usual.

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Nigerians question the reason for upgrade

In their response, some Nigerians questioned the rationale behind the update, arguing that it was a means to further hike electricity tariffs.

Others also expressed fear that the upgrade might introduce malware that would render some prepaid meters ineffective.

Recall that a total of 11 Nigerian electricity distribution companies recently applied for the review of their electricity tariffs according to a notice on application for rate review.

How Nigerians are reacting to the upgrade

@ongouja noted:

"JEDC has made life really difficult for me and my co-tenants. Adikpo is small town with very little business activity and no bank presence. With the epileptic power supply we experience JEDC raised our bill from around 12k to 20k and further disconnected after payment."

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@wuraoke said:

"I've been making complains online and you guys have been "noting" it without Resolving anything. I was told the technical team went round today and they didn't think to stop by at the address I gave you guys."

@olumidagreat commented,

"Another organised scam coming our way."


"We are always updating KCT but nobody ever says the reason for this, I believe it is for another tariff increase as usual"


"It's the free part you people should emphasize to these discos oo because there's nothing like free in their dictionary."


"The deceitful Token upgrade is a malware purposely to render category of prepaid meters ineffective in a bid to return affected persons to dark days of estimated billings. If you're in doubt go and sample customers IBEDC experience since August 1st that upgrade was roll out"


"The upgrade that has been frustrating and proven abortive in IBEDC since the 1st of August 2023? and the staffs are also clueless on solutions to meters not responding to KCT codes, rather sweet talking us to go postpaid or remain the dark. Pls look into this. I’m frustrated."

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Nigeria's average electricity production increased from 3,655.64 megawatts (MW) reported in the same time of 2022 by 8.6% year-on-year to 3,970.33 MW in July 2023, according to Legit.ng earlier report.

However, statistics compiled from the National Energy System Operator, a semi-autonomous division of the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, shows that the country's average monthly generation decreased marginally by 0.5% to 3,970.33MW in July 2023 from 3,991.57MW in June 2023.

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Source: Legit.ng

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