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Indigenous Metre Manufacturers Lament Low Patronage By Discos

Posted: Jun 21, 2016 at 6:15 am   /   by   /   comments (1)

The Electricity Metre Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (EMMAN) on Monday complained of low patronage by electricity distribution companies (DISCOS), saying this could result in non-sustainability of their business.

The Executive Secretary of EMMAN, Mr. Muyideen Ibrahim, told newsmen in Lagos that only Ibadan, Eko and Abuja distribution companies patronised EMMAN members.

Ibrahim said that their demand was even low.

He added that most of the Discos complained that they lack funds to purchase the metres.

The EMMAN scribe said most of its members had to retrench some of their staff because they could not sustain them due to poor patronage.

He urged the Discos to stop importing metres, saying by doing that, they were boosting and developing the economies of foreign countries at Nigeria’s expense.

“The Federal Government needs to intervene in order to prevent the metering industry from collapsing.

“Government can compel the Discos to buy metres from us, the local manufacturers, because we produce quality metres.

“By doing this, the government will be promoting local content initiatives introduced to promote the growth of indigenous business operators.

“At the same time, government will be helping to conserve foreign exchange,’’ Ibrahim said.

Also, monies spent on importing both raw materials and finished goods would be domiciled in the country, he said.

“When we make do with what we have, we are saving the country from brain drain.

“The multiplier effects are industrial growth, technological advancement, employment generation and many other things,’’ he said.

The EMMAN scribe said that if its members were patronised, they would be providing job opportunities for many unemployed and before long, be making positive contributions to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Ibrahim noted that the manufacturers had the capacity to produce 25,000 metres monthly.

The five manufacturers currently producing 5,000 metres on monthly basis have the capacities to double their productions, he said.

Ibrahim identified the erratic power supply in the country as a major production challenge, adding that this had forced his members to rely on generators.

“Foreign exchange fluctuations also contribute to metre production challenges.

“The dollar is extremely high and most of the raw materials for metre-production are not available in the country,’’ he said.

On June 8, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, advised Distribution Companies (DISCOs) to patronise local metre manufacturing companies in the country.

He gave the advice while inaugurating the Mass Metre Deployment programme in Kano.

Fashola said: “Patronising the local metre manufacturing companies is the way to diversify and save foreign exchange.”

He said that the inauguration of the scheme in Kano was a clear indication that the Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) was committed to ensuring effective service delivery.

He commended KEDCO for the initiative and urged other Discos to develop their own strategies for mass deployment of metres for the benefits of their customers.

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