Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, Chairman, Senate Committee on Power, Steel Development and Metallurgy, has called on Electricity Distribution Companies (Discos) in Nigeria to patronise indigenous manufacturers of energy meters in order to support local industries.
In a press statement by the Head, Corporate Communications of Kaduna Electric, Abdulazeez Abdullahi, said that the Abaribe made the charge in Kaduna during the Committee’s oversight duties to Kaduna Electric.
He stressed that discos must key into the on-going efforts to turn around the nation’s industrial sector.
According to the senator, the current widespread complaints about metering would be drastically reduced if the distribution companies sourced their meters locally.
He said, “Sourcing meters locally will fasten the Discos’ meter deployment processes, support our industries, grow the economy and above all, lessen the present foreign exchange challenges.”
The senator also commended the management of Kaduna Electric for the efforts made so far to improve on its operations.
He particularly expressed the Committee’s satisfaction with the meters deployment programme currently being undertaken by Kaduna Electric in Kaduna, Kebbi and Sokoto states.
Abaribe also directed the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to make available to the Committee the audited accounts of all the distribution companies as soon as possible.
The Chief Engineering and Technical Services Officer of Kaduna Electric, earlier, who stood in for the Managing Director/CEO, Engineer Bello Musa, said that the Company had procured fifty thousand meters and that the deployment of these meters was currently going-on in all the operational states of the Company.
He also announced that another batch of fifty thousand meters was being expected.
He called on the senate to use the legislative instrument at its disposal to ensure that MDAs debts were settled to provide the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry with the needed liquidity.