The senior special assistant on power, energy and public utilities and water resources to the Anambra state government, Mr Victor Meju has applauded the Sabrud Consortium for their ingenious operations aimed at tackling the issue of estimated billing and lack of meters for electricity consumers via the manufacturing of meters.
He made this assertion when he paid a visit to the Sabrud facility in Awka, the Anambra state capital.
Mr Meju commended the innovative and intervention role of Sabrud Consortium as an indigenous meter manufacturer and also called on the Federal Government support, having passed all regulatory and eligibility test.
“They have a great vision of salvaging the power crisis in this country as it concerns metering. If you observe, the Federal Government has expressed worry on why Discos will supply power and place customers on estimated billing. But the law says every customer should have a meter, so firms like this which have passed through the regulatory process, standardisation process should be allowed to go into the market. I expect that after this visit, the Federal Government should make it possible for people to purchase meters and get the Discos to install them,” he said.
On his part, Mr Chisom Nwangwu, the Managing Director of Sabrud Consurtium, said the goal of Electricity Meter Manufacturing Association of Nigeria (EMMAN) was to ensure that Nigerians were metered.
Nwangwu expressed the hope that the visit of the members of the House of Representatives would further convince government that Nigerians had the capacity to bridge the metering gap.
He said that the economy would also be better for it as more jobs will be created.
“I’m sure that they have seen that we are ready and capable of helping the Federal Government to realise the objective of metering Nigerians in the shortest possible time. This can be achieved if consumers are allowed to buy meters directly from manufacturers. Our products are of international standards and SON MANCAP certified. If manufacturers are allowed to participate in the market, more jobs will be created, foreign exchange will be saved, consumers and Discos will be happy because issues of estimated billing will be a thing of the past,” he said.