ELECTRIC POWER SECTOR REFORM ACT (AMENDMENT) BILL 2018
A BILL FOR AN ACT TO AMEND THE ELECTRIC POWER SECTOR REFORMS ACT TO PROHIBIT AND CRIMINALISE ESTIMATED BILLING BY ELECTRIC DISTRIBUTION COMPANIES AND PROVIDE FOR COMPULSORY INSTALLATION OF PRE-PAID METERS TO ALL POWER CONSUMERS IN NIGERIA AND OTHER RELATED MATTERS.
SPONSORED BY HON. FEMI GBAJABIAMILA.
ENACTED BY THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA AS FOLLOWS:
The Electric Power Sector Reform Act (herein referred to as “The Principal Act”) is hereby amended as set out hereunder.
Section 35 (2) of the Principal Act is amended by inserting immediately after the word “term” the phrase “except reappointed under sub section 4 of this section”.
Section 67 sub section 1 of the Principal Act is amended by deleting the entire paragraph (b) and replacing same with a new paragraph (b) as follows:
“the installations, maintenance and checking of pre-paid
meters, tariff methodology and proscription of estimated
The Principal Act is amended by creating new sections 68 to 72 as follows:
68 -(1) Estimated billing methodology is hereby prohibited in
– (2) Every electricity consumer in Nigeria shall apply to the
Electricity Distribution Company carrying out business
within his jurisdiction for a pre-paid meter and such
consumer shall pay the regulated fee for pre-paid meter
to be installed in his premises and the Electricity
Distribution Company shall within 30 days of receiving
the application and payment install the pre-paid meter
applied for in the premises of the consumer.
-(3) Customers who elect to buy their pre-paid meters through
Credit Advancement Metering Implementation must state
it in their applications and such customers must be
metered within 30 days of the receipt of their
-(4) All electricity charges or billings to the premises of every
consumer shall be based strictly on pre-paid metering
and no consumer shall be made to pay any bill without a
pre-paid meter first being installed at the premises of the
-(5) If a Customer is not metered within 30 days after
application has been duly made, the relevant electricity
distribution company is prohibited from refusing to
connect the customer or disconnect the customer in the
event that the customer has been connected or estimate his
S. 69. Upon connection, the Electricity Distribution Company serving
the Consumer must inform the customer in writing on the
nature of the meter installed, tariff methodology and all other
services available to the customer.
70. In giving effect to the provisions of this Act, the National
Electricity Regulatory Commission as the Regulatory body must
ensure that all licensed Distribution Companies comply with the
provisions of this Act.
71. All cases of illegal disconnection, refusal of the relevant
Distribution Company to connect a customer after application,
un-metering within 30 (thirty) days of a customer applying for a
pre-paid meter and estimated billing shall attract both civil and
and any officer found guilty shall be liable to a fine of N500,000 (Five Hundred Thousand Naira) or imprisonment for a term of 6 months or to both such fine and imprisonment as the Court may deem fit.
Section 94 sub section (2)of the Principal Act is amended by creating a new sub-section (4) as follows:
“any person who performs any act or does anything or refuses,
fails and/or neglected to carry out his lawful duties with
intention to contravene or frustrate the Implementation of
sections 68 and71 of this Act is said to have committed an
offence; and upon conviction shall be liable to 6 (six) months
imprisonment or a fine of N1, 000,000, (One Million Naira) or
to both such fine and imprisonment without prejudice to the
right of the Commission to cancel or suspend any license
under this Act”.
This Bill may be cited as the Electric Power Sector Reform Act (Amendment) Bill, 2018.
This Bill seeks to amend the Electric Power Sector Reform Act to prohibit and criminalize estimated billings by distribution Licensee and other related matters.