The Chairman of the House of Representatives adhoc committee on power, Mr Isreal Famuyiwa, has said that the House is determined to encourage and support the operations of indigenous meter manufacturers. This he said, would go a long way at covering the huge metering gap and curb estimated billing by the electricity distribution companies (DisCos).
Mr. Famuyiwa made this assertion when his committee paid an inspection visit to the Sabrud Consortium, an indigenous meter manufacturing firm based in Awka, the Anambra state capital.
Famuyiwa said that “Meter manufacturing needs to be encouraged to enable them play their role for a win-win situation in the power sector and conserve foreign exchange. We are here to inspect Sabrud factory, to confirm their capacity and the quality of their products and to be sure that they are up to standard. We have seen what they can offer Nigerians in terms of provision of meter”.
“From what we have seen, I can say that they are up to standard, so, the House of Representatives will provide assistance not only to Sabrud but all local meter manufacturing companies in the country. This is because the only way to grow the sector and help the country is to encourage indigenous production of the products and discourage importation”.
Speaking on the new third party metering scheme of the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Mr. Famuyiwa said that “There is a policy called Meter Assets Providers Scheme (MAPS) 2018. This is the policy that will enable electricity consumers to procure meters directly from manufacturers when it comes to full operation. Maybe the law that guides the sector still empowers Discos to sell meters but after our assignment, we are going to amend the law which guides distribution of electricity and supply of meter to consumers”.