Sabrud Consortium presently handling the Prepaid Meter installation for Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) has advised the Federal Government to grant the permit for producers of meters to sell directly to electricity consumers. The indigenous consultancy company who is also involved in the production of prepaid meters noted that this development would help solve the current metering problems rocking the DisCos nationwide.
The Chairman of Sabrud Consortium, Chief Bright Nwangwu, made the suggestion in Awka at the company’s Mandatory Compliance and Assessment Programme (MANCAP) certificate for its product.
Nwangwu noted that the direct sale and distribution of prepaid meters would increase efficiency in the power marketing, save customers from the nightmare of estimated billing and would help fulfill the Federal Government mandates of metering all electricity consumers in the country within the shortest possible time.
The firm thanked the Federal Government for approving the participation of indigenous firms in the manufacture of prepaid meters, noting that indigenous firms have the capacity to fulfill the desired metering efficiency in power distribution, as this seems to be the only way of solving estimated billing problems faced by customers. He also appealed to the Federal Government to relieve the DisCos from the task of metering to fast track an efficient billing system.
“We appeal to the Federal Government to allow prepaid meter manufacturing firms to sell directly to local customers. Prepaid metering is a crime in advanced countries it should be discouraged here; selling directly to customers will eliminate the practice. We also call on the Federal Government to enforce the local content policy in the sector which says that all government and private companies spend 80 per cent of their procured goods and services on indigenously manufactured meters,” he said.
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Mr Chisom Nwangwu, the company’s Managing Director, assured that the firm was determined to help the Federal Government to achieve efficiency in the power sector through international best practices.
He said that the firm, which had one million installed capacity and 40 per cent utilisation rate alongside other manufacturers of the products, were capable of meeting the national customers’ demand and beyond.
He said the MANCAP certificate was obtained after rigorous process and promised to maintain the standard in order to compete favourably in the market.