Fashola Flag Off Distribution Of Free Pre-Paid Metres In Sokoto

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The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, alongside the Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, inaugurated 50,000 pre-paid meters purchased by the Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company (KAEDCO) for distribution to customers within Sokoto State on Monday.

Governor Tambuwal speaking at the occasion, which occurred at the premises of the State Independent Power Project (IPP), said the new pre-paid meters would control the menace of the usually questionable estimated billing system.

Tambuwal said the new pre-paid meter would make for more reasonable utilisation of electricity by the residents.
According to him, the pre-paid meters billing system was efficient and reliable. He advised the distribution company to roll it out across the state.

On the efforts by his administration to boost electricity supply in the state, he said 172 transformers had been purchased for installation to boost electricity supply across the state.

In his words, “The state government’s IPP will also soon come on stream, in partnership with KAEDCO.”

Tambuwal further said that the state government was undertaking the myriad of interventions to augment power supply to the state.

The governor also disclosed that the state government was collaborating with the Nigeria Energy Support Programme to tap the abundant renewable energy sources in the state.

These, according to the Governor, include sources of energy like wind and solar energy, as well as hydro -power potentials at Goronyo Dam, among others.


In his remarks, 

Fashola in his remarks said the pre-paid billing system would curb losses to the electricity distribution companies, which is caused by their inability to collect due rates.

The minister said the new metres would eradicate the use of unmeasured electricity by the customers.

According to him, “That problem increases waste, while the purchase of the metres abroad always takes its toll on the nation’s volatile foreign reserves. They will, therefore, ensure fair billing system as well as enhance regular power supply.’’

The Minister also inspected ongoing works at the site of the Sokoto Independent Power Project (IPP)

The chairman of KAEDCO, Alhaji Yusuf Abubakar, commended Fashola for optimally facilitating the power sector reforms.


He also hailed Tambuwal for his uncommon commitment to the issue of power in the country.


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