The National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has revealed that the total number of electricity consumers with prepaid meters was upped by 6.23 percent (1,589,805) in the first three months of this year from 1,496,586 in the fourth quarter of 2017.
Almost five years after the privation of the power sector, many consumers continue lament of lack of access to prepaid metres- a panacea to the lingering frustration of estimate billings
The NBS report shows that the Benin Electricity Distribution Company has the highest figure with 17.79 percent (260,667) of the total customers metered.
It was closely trailed by the Abuja Disco with 16.40 percent (282,868 meters) and the Ibadan Disco with 15.99 per cent (254,261 meters).
The NBS report shows that the Yola Disco recorded the least percentage of the total customers metered with 2.35 (37,329 meters) in the first quarter of 2018.
According to the data, the Ikeja Disco and Eko Disco had 157,797 and 158,157 consumers with prepaid meters respectively as of March 31, 2018
The data further revealed that the Kaduna and Enugu Discos had 138,164 and 116,623 consumers, respectively with prepaid meters at the end of March.
It added that the Port Harcourt, Kano and Jos Discos have 66,507; 63,037 and 54,395 metered customers, respectively.
Last month, the Federal Government said it would seize the opportunity of the Meter Asset Provider Regulations recently introduced by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission by providing N37bn for the supply of meters by the private sector.