|Aminu Waziri Tambuwal|
The management of Kaduna Electric recently deployed 50,000 pre-paid meters in Sokoto State in compliance with the directives of Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) that all electricity consumers should be metered.
The Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, speaking at the inauguration ceremony, which took place at the premises of the State Independent Power Project (IPP), said the new pre-paid meters would kerb the menace of estimated billing system.
Tambuwal noted that the new pre-paid meters would encourage the most prudent use of power by consumers.
According to him, the pre-paid-meter billing system is efficient and reliable, and he advised the distribution company to roll it out across the state.
On the efforts by his administration to boost power supply in Sokoto, Tambuwal said 172 transformers have been purchased for installation to boost power supply in the state.
He said, “The state government’s IPP will soon come on stream, in partnership with Kaduna Electric.”
He added that the state government was undertaking a myriad of interventions to augment power supply to the state.
The governor disclosed that the state government was collaborating with the Nigeria Energy Support Programme to tap the abundant renewable energy sources in the state.
According him, these include the wind and solar energy, as well as hydro -power potentials at Goronyo Dam, among others.
The Chairman of Kaduna Electric, Alhaji Yusuf Abubakar, hailed Governor Tambuwal for his uncommon commitment to the issue of power in the country.
The Governor commissioned over 1000 motorcycles for the company’s Sales Representatives and metering officials in the four states it covers.
In attendance at the ceremony were Sokoto Deputy Governor, Alhaji Ahmed Aliyu, heads of agencies and other stakeholders in the power sector.