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Local Meter Manufacturers Pledge Commitment To FG Metering Initiative

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Posted: Mar 25, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)



Electricity Meters Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (EMMAN), the umbrella body for local meter manufacturers, has expressed its commitment to the successful implementation of the Federal Government’s presidential initiative on metering scheme for Nigerians.

This commitment is contained in a joint communiqué issued at the end of a strategic meeting between members of Electricity Meters Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (EMMAN) and ZIKLAGSIS Networks Limited (ZNL) held on Wednesday, March 23 in Abuja.

According to the Executive Secretary, EMMAN, Mr. Muideen Ibrahim, who issued the joint communiqué, local meter manufacturers have resolved to ensure that their various factories work in full capacity to deliver on the metering needs.

Mr. Ibrahim noted that the manufacturers are confident that the metering project would bring about economic revolution and development as it would create job opportunities for the teeming unemployed Nigerians as well as enhance transfer of technology to the country.

He assured that the quality of meters manufactured by EMMAN member companies are of international standards that can compete favourably with any brand from any part of the world, and are also tropicalized for the Nigerian environment to withstand the extreme weather condition such as temperature and humidity.

He further disclosed that one of the major decisions taken at the meeting was that the local manufacturers would produce at least 25,000 meters monthly for a start and with a plan increase production gradually to meet the metering need and for ease of deployment.

He also revealed that EMMAN and ZIKLAGSIS Networks Limited (ZNL) have requested from the Federal Government a two-month lead-time from the day the contract is awarded and commitment made.

While expressing their profound gratitude to President Muhammadu Buhari for the good initiative and to the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola (SAN), for his unflinching support for local manufacturers, they pleaded with the Federal Government to encourage local manufacturers to continue to be in operations to help reduce unemployment rate by allocating adequate forex to aid their continuous operations.

EMMAN members present at the meeting were Unistar Hi-Tech Systems Limited, Momas Electricity Meters Manufacturing Company Limited (MEMMCOL), Mojec International, EMCON Plc, Elsewedy Electric and Ahmed Raji & Co.

Electricity Meters Manufacturers Association of Nigeria also thanked the management of ZIKLAGSIS Networks Limited (ZNL) for patronizing the local meter manufacturers thereby helping the country’s economy to grow.

He then restated that the presidential initiative on metering scheme for Nigerians is indeed a good step in the right direction that would bring a lot of improvement in curbing the non-technical losses in the system and contribute immensely to the growth of the country’s GDP in the long run.