By Raji Rasak
Nigeria has resolved to roll out electrical energy meters with the involvement of native producers for mass manufacturing.
“We plan to roll out meters, and we must,” the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola , stated.
Fashola stated the Federal Government had concluded plans to contain extra Nigerians in meter manufacturing.
The minister spoke whereas inspecting the National Meter Test Station in Oshodi, Lagos.
He stated that the measure would cut back the strain on Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) on meter provide.
“The core enterprise of DISCOs is to move power; their enterprise is to not provide meters.
“The authorities will deal with metering extra vigorously this yr with rules which can open up enterprise in metering to extra buyers.
“This will cut back the strain on DISCOs in order that they’ll focus extra on their core enterprise.
“So, we will open up the business to other people who want to play in the sector once the meter regulations are completed this year,” he stated.
Fashola stated that Nigeria’s meter journey from 1950 confirmed that customers depend upon meters from international nations.
“We have seen Nigeria’s meter journey; the meters from 1950 thus far, meters from Greece, Japan, Britain and China. This has proven that how our business completely depends upon meters from international nations.
“But now, we’re starting to see meters from native producers like Mojec and Moman; that may be a good place to be.
“At current, now we have over 100 million phone subscribers in Nigeria, however let me ask you, what number of telephones are made in Nigeria?
“We spend tens of millions of naira to purchase phone from China and nonetheless we’ll return and borrow cash from China.
“So, we want to change that in the meter industry; we are happy that some Nigerians are manufacturing meter in Nigeria and we promise to support them,” he stated.
He added that the National Meter Test, underneath Nigerian Electricity Management Service Agency (NEMSA) was to check the accuracy of meters earlier than set up.
According to him, the accuracy exams are in two steps, in order that the DISCOs won’t cheat shoppers and shoppers don’t cheat DISCOs.
The minister reiterated the FG’s plan to roll out meters to Nigerian shoppers quickly.
The Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer of NEMSA and Chief Electrical Inspector of the Federation, Mr Peter Ewesor, stated all meters being utilized by the DISCOs handed by way of the centre earlier than set up.
According to him, it’s not potential for the meters that handed by way of the centre to shortchange shoppers. (NAN)