Goddy Jedy-Agba, Minister of State for Power, says President Muhammadu Buhari has directed that 36 million prepaid meters be installed across the country by June.
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The minister, speaking on Friday after inspecting the meter testing facility of the Nigeria Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA) in Enugu State, stated that the agency is mandated to ensure that meters imported into the country meet the expected standard.
It has been reported that recent data released by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), indicates that only 4.4 million out of 11.8 million registered customers had been metered as of September 2020.
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”I came to inspect what is going on and to know the position regarding the meter testing facilities we are going to have here in Enugu,” the News Agency of Nigeria quoted the minister to have said.
”I came also to see what has been done and the preparation toward commissioning of the office and I am satisfied with the plans so far.
”We import meters and our facilities here will be used to test the meters to ensure that they meet what Nigerians require. It is after the testing and satisfying our standards that the meter will be installed.
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”This is an agency that is responsible for installation and the president has given them the mandate that 36,000,000 meters must be installed by the end of June.”
The NERC had stated its plans to review the Meter Asset Provider (MAP) scheme, as the deployment of prepaid meters to Nigerian households suffers a setback.