Aba Power Ltd, Nigeria’s 12th electric power distribution firm, has restarted an intensive one-year campaign to assist its customers upgrade their prepaid metres to the new Token Identifier Rollover (TID Rollover). This will enable the customers to continue to use their current metres to receive electric power, and make payments up to November next year and beyond.
All metres across the globe will cease to be useful to their owners from November 24 2024 if they fail to migrate to the new system referred to by industry experts as Token Identifier (TID) Rollover.
TID is a number that represents the time that has elapsed since the base date of 1993, according to Cliff Eneh, a former senior manager with the defunct Power Holding Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), who is now both an energy consultant and academic in Lagos.
Eneh, also a former senior manager with Texas Power and Light in the United States, explains that “the TID prevents the use of metre tokens more than once; and so from November 24, 2024, the TID in every newly generated token will restart at zero in what is called TID Rollover”.
In a letter to all Aba Power customers signed by the utility’s managing director, Patrick Umeh, the firm stated that it is beginning the massive public enlightenment campaign a whole year before the disruptive change.
“We do not want any of our numerous customers to be left behind and consequently suffer the inconvenience of his or her metre becoming obsolete from November 24, next year,” Umeh said.
“We are beginning the massive campaign on November 15 2023 to enable our customers to avoid last-minute rush and all the associated problems,” he added.
Umeh, an erstwhile executive with the Los Angeles Water and Power Corporation in the United States before joining the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) as the commissioner in charge of markets, market rates and competition, said every prepaid metre must undergo a key change and memory reset before November 24, 2024.
He added that the changes would be carried at no cost to customers in Aba.
The electricity boss said Aba Power has created a website to enable customers make the changes themselves.
He advised those who may not be able to make the necessary changes on the website to visit any of the company’s offices for help or to invite the staff to their place to assist them in migrating to the new TID.
In addition, the 200,000-strong Aba Landlords Protection and Development Association (ALPADA) has lauded Aba Power for the early enlightenment campaign on the electricity metre upgrades.
Alphonsus Udeigbo, president of ALPADA, said the early start of the metre upgrade campaign is a “fundamental change in the use of a key utility in the world, and it is proactive of Aba Power”.
Udeigbo said one year was enough time for those in Aba metropolis and environs to be serviced by Aba Power Ltd to change to a new system without difficulties.
He pledged that their association “will be in the forefront to get both landlords and tenants, including businesses, to start immediately to migrate to the new system”.