FG has charged NEMSA to come up with innovative measures that will help reduce the number of unmetered power users across the country. According to the government, over six million consumers of electricity in Nigeria do not have meters, and this has impacted negatively on operators in the sector.
Fashola, who spoke through the Permanent Secretary in charge of Power at the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Louis Edozien, speaking at the 2nd NEMSA Stakeholders’ Forum in Abuja, said the lack of meters was limiting the progress recorded in the electricity generation and transmission arms of the sector.
The minister said, “I would like to focus on the first element of NEMSA’s mandate, which is to ensure that electrical materials, equipment and instrument used in the Nigeria electricity supply industry are of the right quality, standards and specifications.
He added, “However, there are two very specific shortcomings that we’ve observed. The first one is meters. I’m sure we all know that customers all over the country are agitated by estimated bills. This is why the ministry is putting pressure on power distributors to please accelerate their meter roll-out.”
Sen. Sani attacks Fashola, says its megawatts of propaganda – PM News
Senator Shehu Sani representing Kaduna Central Senatorial district in the National Assembly has accused the Nigerian Government of having nothing to show in the power sector but mere “megawatts of propaganda”.
The senator took to Twitter to praise the Nigerian Government on the progress made so far on the River Niger project in comparison to the ghost River Niger under the past government. But the Civil Right activist has no kind words for the present administration as regards power.
He described power under Buhari’s administration as “it’s simply megawatts of propaganda and grid of exaggeration”. It will be recalled that the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola has said that Nigerian Government has succeeded in increasing power generation, transmission and distribution in the country over the past three years.