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.

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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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*REMOVAL/DESTRUCTION OF ELECTRICITY METER IS A CRIME IN NIGERIA.* DAILY LAW TIPS (Tip 314) By Onyekachi Umah, Esq., LLM. ACIArb(UK).

Since 1983, unlawful removal, disconnection, damage, tampering or interference with any electrical fittings, meter or appliances used for generation, transmission, distribution or sell of electricity in any part of Nigeria, has been a criminal offence.
The above offence is punishable with imprisonment for not more than 21 years.

My authorities are sections 1(10) and 5 of the Miscellaneous Offences Act, 1983.

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*WHAT IS THE COMPULSORY PERIOD FOR YOU TO BE RECONNECTED TO ELECTRICITY OR BE PAID FOR DELAYED RECONNECTION BY DISCO. * DAILY LAW TIPS (Tip 295) By Onyekachi Umah, Esq., LLM. ACIArb(UK).

Where a customer is disconnected from electricity in any part of Nigeria for whatever reason, and such customer has met reconnection conditions including payment of reconnection costs and administrative costs, such customer must be reconnected to electricity within 48 hours by the concerned electricity Distribution Company (DisCo). Where a DisCo fails to reconnect a customer within 48 hours, then the DisCo must pay compensation to such customer as Delayed Reconnection Costs.

The approved Delayed Reconnection Costs(Compensation) payable by DisCos, are:

1. For Residential customer, DisCo must pay N1000.00 for each day
2. For a Commercial customer, DisCo must pay N1,500 for each day.
3. For an Industrial customer or Special customer, DisCo must pay N2,000 for each day.

Also note that DisCo is to pay a customer where a DisCo disconnects a customer without justification.

My authorities are Regulations 2 and 14 of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission’s Connection and Disconnection Procedures for Electricity Services, 2007 as well as Paragraphs 1, 2 and 3 of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission’s Order on Unauthorised Access, Meter Tampering and By-Pass (ORDER NO: NERC/REG/41/2017.

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LAW TIPS
by Onyekachi Umah,Esq.
(Tip 276)
WHAT ARE THE APPROVED METER RECONNECTION FEES & ADMINISTRATIVE FEES FOR ELECTRICITY CONSUMERS ACROSS NIGERIA.

First of all, note that the Electricity Distribution Company (DisCo) in charge of an area can disconnect a customer without any notice where such customer has an illegal network/connection or the customer’s connection is dangerous to health or integrity of the network or quality of supply to other consumers or also the meter of a customer is not accessible to be read for 3 consecutive bills.

Where for any of the above reasons a meter is disconnected, it will be reconnected after concerned customer makes satisfactory electricity supply arrangement and pays a reconnections fee or agrees to pay such to the DisCo. After payment, a customer must be reconnected with 48 hours.

The approved Reconnection Costs/Fees are;

1. Residential or Commercial Property with Single Phase meter pays N50,000.00 for first time but N75,000.00 for subsequent times.

2. Residential or Commercial Property with three Phases meter pays N100, 000.00 for first time but N150, 000.00 for subsequent times.

3. Property with Maximum Demand (MD) Meter pays 300% of the last authorised recorded monthly consumption of the customer for first time but 450% for subsequent times.

Also note that, apart from the reconnection costs/fees, such customer must pay administrative charges and also back-bills. Back-bills are to be charged at the prevailing tariff of the customer for the established period that such customer used illegal electricity. The approved administrative charges are;

1. Residential property with single phase meter pays N1,500 but Residential property with three phases meter pays N3,000.

2. Commercial Property with Single Phase meter pays N3, 000.00 but Commercial property with Three phase meter pays N6,000.

3. Residential property with Maximum Demand LV or HT meter pays N7,500.

4. Commercial property with Maximum Demand LV metern pays N7,500.00 and

5. Commercial property with Maximum Demand HT meter pays N15,000.00.

My authorities are Regulations 6, 12 and 14 of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission’s Connection and Disconnection Procedures for Electricity Services, 2007 as well as Paragraphs 1, 2 and 3 of the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission’s Order on Unauthorised Access, Meter Tampering and By-Pass (ORDER NO: NERC/REG/41/2017).  

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BUSINESS OPPORTUNITIES FOR PRIVATE LEGAL PRACTITIONERS IN THE NIGERIAN ELECTRIC POWER SECTOR

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ONYEKACHI UMAH, ESQ., LL.M, ACIArb(UK)

ELECTRICITY LAW PRACTICE IN NIGERIA; ROLES/OPPORTUNITIES FOR YOUNG LAWYERS

By

Onyekachi Umah, Esq. LL.M, ACIArb(UK)

DAILY LAW TIPS
by Onyekachi Umah,Esq.
(Tip 127)
“Electricity Meter and Rights of Electricity Consumers in Nigeria”.

1. Meter Assets Provider (MAP) has a duty to repair or replace a customer’s faulty meter within 2 working days.
2. The repair or replacement of faulty meter shall be at no cost to the customer within the amortisation period, if the damage is not his fault.
3. Where MAP fails to repair or replace a meter within 2 days, the customer shall not pay metering service charge/fee for that period.
4. Where MAP is unable to provide a replacement meter, electricity bill will be calculated on average of the last 3 months bills.
5. A relocating customer within a franchise area shall apply to the Distribution Company(DISCO) for transfer of services and unspent energy credits.
6. Meter shall to be installed free of charge but customer will be charged for metering service every month via energy bills.
7. Customer can elect to pay for meter and installation in full upfront/ahead of meter installation to avoid monthly metering service charge.
8. Where a customer elects to pay for a meter, same shall be installed at his premises within 10 working days of his payment.
9. Meters and metering equipment shall be insured by MAP.
10. Within 120 days from 3rd April 2018, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission will issue an Order limiting chargeable bills of unmetered customers to avoid outrageous estimated billing systems.

My authorities: Regulations 1, 14, 16, 17, 18, 20 and 31 of the Meter Assets Provider Regulations 2018 (Regulation Number:NERC-R-112) and section 96 of the Electric Power Sector Reform Act.

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