FG begins distributing 1 million free meters nationwide in Kano, Kaduna, Lagos.
The federal government announced last night that it will begin giving away free meters to reach 30 million consumers.
The National Mass Measurement Program, NMMP, is expected to begin today, Friday, October 30, 2020, and launch simultaneously in the Kano, Kaduna, Eco and Ikea DISCO franchised areas. A presidential source said the free distribution of meters is a fulfillment of President Muhammad Bukhari’s promise to ensure mass metering in the country and thereby end the perceived billing problems in the electricity sector.
Presidium sources said meter reception locations include Bavo Road and Surroundings at Kano Metropolis (KEDCO), Governor Road / Tudun Wada at Kaduna (Kaduna Electric), Oshodi Business Unit at Ikeja (Ikeja Electric) and Yaba and Surulere (Eco DISCO). The presidential source added that key stakeholders who will oversee the deployment include representatives from the government of Kaduna, Kano and Lagos states, the Senate Committee and the Speaker of the House of Government, as well as representatives from trade unions and government agencies. civil society.
He said: “NMMP plans to deploy six million meters to all meterless hotspots over the next 18-24 months, affecting 30 million consumers nationwide.
“Following a presidential directive on mass metering, the Central Bank of Nigeria approved guidelines for financing a mass metering program on October 18, provided that all meters provided in the scheme were locally produced. creating thousands of manufacturing jobs with the help of leading manufacturers such as MOMAS, MOJEC and others. “
The source also said that the NMMP launch will be part of an ongoing effort in which all DisCos will move from place to place across the country with their respective metering equipment suppliers to install meters for all Nigerians.
When contacted, Senior Special Assistant to the President for Media and Advertising, Vice President’s Office, Laolu Akande confirmed the story, but added that more details would emerge as it spreads throughout the country.
He added that the federal government’s current efforts to improve energy supply and mass metering are in line with some recent agreements between FG and the unions. It should be recalled that President Bukhari promised that Nigerians would be examined before the end of his rule and that the checking account would be terminated.
The free distribution of electricity meters was part of an agreement reached between the federal government and labor unions after the government raised the electricity tariff. Energy Minister Prince Godwin Jedi-Agba announced that out of the six million meters to be distributed, the government will start with a mission that he said was available and should have been distributed by the end of December. this year. …
Source: – Vanguard