The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola has assured that manufacturing of meter would be spearheaded by Nigerians. Mr Fashola said the Federal Government had concluded plans to involve more Nigerians in meter manufacturing. Metering of Customers has been a challenge for the Distribution Companies. Several power consumers and investors have in recent past called on the Federal Government to employ the services of metering firms in the installation of meters. These calls were necessitated out of the inadequacy of the DISCOs in meeting the metering demands of their customers.
Fashola made the call while inspecting the National Meter Test Station in Oshodi, Lagos, noting that the business model of DISCOs is the delivering of electricity to the premises of their customers and not necessarily the manufacturing and supply of meters and this development would reduce the pressure on the distribution companies.
“The core business of DISCOs is to transport energy; their business is not to supply meters. The government will address metering more vigorously this year with regulations which will open up business in metering to more investors. This will reduce the pressure on DISCOs so that they can concentrate more on their core business. So, we will open up the business to other people who want to play in the sector once the meter regulations are completed this year,” he said.
Fashola said that Nigeria’s meter journey from 1950 showed that consumers depend on meters from foreign countries.
“We have seen Nigeria’s meter journey; the meters from 1950 to date, meters from Greece, Japan, Britain and China. This has shown that how our industry totally depends on meters from foreign countries. But now, we are beginning to see meters from local manufacturers like Mojec and Moman; that is a good place to be. So, we want to change that in the meter industry; we are happy that some Nigerians are manufacturing meter in Nigeria and we promise to support them,” he said.
He added that the National Meter Test, under Nigerian Electricity Management Service Agency (NEMSA) was to test the accuracy of meters before installation. The test is to ascertain the functionality of the meters, so consumers would not be cheated by their DISCOs and vice versa.
The minister reiterated the FG’s plan to roll out meters to Nigerian consumers soon. He said: “We plan to roll out meters, and we must”.