The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola said the use of pre-paid metres will protect fair billing system and enhance regular electricity supply.
Fashola disclosed this during the flag-off of distribution of 50,000 pre-paid meters in Sokoto held at the premises of the state Independent Power Project (IPP).
He said it would also eliminate the use of unmeasured electricity by the customers.
Fashola added that it would limit losses to the electricity distribution companies, which is caused by their inability to collect due rates.
On his part, Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, who flagged off the distribution of the meters purchased by the Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company (KAEDCO), noted that the system would reduce cost in the use of power by the residents.
He stated that the new pre-paid meters, would reduce estimated billing of customers and empower them to control their usage of power.
The governor noted that the state government had also purchased 172 transformers at over N600 million to boost power supply across the state.
Tambuwal disclosed that the state Independent Power Project would soon commence in partnership with KAEDCO.