The power sector in Nigeria is really nothing to be proud of (no offense), and its citizens are constantly expressing this. The issue of huge monthly bills (overestimated billing) is not making the situation any better. Still, luckily the federal government has remedied this problem by approving the use of prepaid meters.
This is now readily available to all citizens since implementing the Meter Asset Providers scheme (MAP); this policy enables third-party companies to install meters for electricity consumers. Although it doesn’t solve the problem of electricity availability to consumers, it does eliminate the issue of estimated billing because you pay as you use.
In this article, we’ll show you the procedures you must follow to apply for and obtain a prepaid meter.
Procedures for Applying For Prepaid Meter Online in Nigeria
There are statutory procedures one must follow to apply and obtain a prepaid from Ikeja Electricity (IEDC). These procedures are divided into four, and each is explained below.
Filling of KYC Details
It is mandatory that all Discos have standard information about their customers; as all customers must do such, the KYC (Know Your Customer) exercise. You can carry out the KYC exercise by following these steps below:
- Go to the customer website map.ikejaelectric.com, log in with your electricity account number and password. If you are a new customer, you’ll have to visit any Ikeja Electricity office for account creation, and set up – when that is done, go back to map.ikejaelectric.com on the New Login tab, enter your new electricity account number, then click on “search.”
- New customers will need to create a security key that will be used for future login. Here you’ll need to provide your mobile number, email, and subsequent login password, then click “Continue.”
- Next, customers will be required to update their contact details. These details include; name, password photograph, Bank Verification Number (BVN), date of birth, phone number, email address, valid ID number, and the picture of the ID, address. After filling in these details, click “Continue” to proceed.
- All customers will be required to settle any previous debt. The current bill will be displayed at the top right corner, select a payment plan from the options provided, and proceed to payment. If you choose offline payment, make the Application Reference (ARN) as the payment reference and upload the portal’s receipt. For new customers, there is no previous charge; you can proceed to the next phase of registration.
- After the reconciliation of debts, you will be automatically scheduled for a Field survey. This will enable Ikeja Electricity to determine the type of meter suitable for your load connection. Existing customers should have on the ground a copy of their bill payment for physical confirmation.
- After the survey is completed, you would be given an invoice containing the meter type, amount, and account to pay into.
- Existing customers that share a cable will be required to get a separate cable.
- Make payment based on the invoice generated after the field survey
- Always add your ARN as a reference when making payment.
- During confirmation of payment, the ARN will serve as proof.
- You are not obliged to make a payment or give money to any Ikeja Electric staff, or MAP for any activity.
- After confirmation of payment, the meter will be installed within 10 working days.
- Give the technician access to carry out installation.
- You will be given a starter pack and a portable device (UIU), which will be used to load device tokens.
- An activation token will be sent within 48 hours after installation.