The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission’s (NERC) ORDER ON UNAUTHORISED ACCESS, METER TAMPERING AND BY-PASS, 2017 (ORDER NO.:NERC/REG/41/2017, was made to reduce unauthorised access to electricity supply by tampering and meter bypass. It provides conditions for reconnecting a customer that was earlier disconnected for unuthorised connection to electricity. The Order has 6 paragraphs and tables of punitive charges.
WHAT IS THE PERIOD WITHIN WHICH YOU MUST BE CONNECTED TO ELECTRICITY IN ANY PART OF NIGERIA. DAILY LAW TIPS (Tip 316) By Onyekachi Umah, Esq., LLM. ACIArb(UK).
It is the responsibility of electricity Distribution Companies (DisCo) to connect any person in any part of Nigeria to electricity.
Where an existing customer has paid and provided needed information for supply of electricity, the DisCo in charge of the area must supply electricity to such customer within 48 hours.
Where an already existing customers desires to be connected to electricity, such customer is expected to write an application to the DisCo in charge of his area and also forward copy of his means of identification. Such customer must also accept the terms and conditions of the DisCo as well as pay all connection charges or security deposit requested by the DisCo and approved from Nigerian Electricity Regulation Commission (NERC). Where you are not sure of charges demanded by an DisCO, please write to NERC for confirmation, it is your right.
My authorities are Regulations 1, 2 and 14 of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission’s Connection and Disconnection Procedures for Electricity Services, 2007.
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