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Pre-Paid Meter Manufacturer Plans Expansion

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Posted: Apr 5, 2016 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Electricity consumers in the country might soon heave a sigh of relief as the difficulties associated with the estimated billing system of the various Electricity distribution companies would soon be a thing of the past.

This is hinged on the decision of the Electricity Meters Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (EMMAN) to increase its meter production capacity from 25,000 to 50,000 monthly.

According to the Executive Secretary of EMMAN, Mr. Muideen Ibrahim, the gradual increment was to meet the country’s metering need and nationwide coverage.

Ibrahim said the association had expressed its commitment to the successful implementation of the Federal Government’s presidential initiative on the metering scheme for Nigerians.

“The presidential initiative on the metering scheme for Nigerians is indeed a good step in the right direction. This will bring a lot of improvement to curbing the non-technical losses in the system and contribute immensely to the growth of the country’s GDP in the long run,” he said.

According to him, local meter manufacturers have resolved to ensure that their various factories work at full capacity to deliver on the country’s metering needs.

“The ongoing metering project will bring about economic revolution and development as it will create job opportunities for unemployed Nigerians. It will also enhance transfer of technology to the country,” he added.

Ibrahim said that meters manufactured by EMMAN member companies were of international standards, explaining that meters were also tropicalised for the Nigerian environment to withstand the extreme weather condition such as temperature and humidity.

The secretary lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for the initiative and the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, for supporting local manufacturers.

Ibrahim, however, appealed to the Federal Government to allocate adequate foreign exchange to the local meters manufacturers, saying that this would encourage them to remain in operations and thereby help to reduce the unemployment rate in the country.

Meanwhile, many electricity consumers have severally complaints over the outrageous bills being supplied by electricity distribution companies in form of estimated billing system. Consumers had wondered why the electricity providers could not provide pre paid meters for them so that they will be charged according to the electricity they use.