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FG Begins Nationwide Distribution Of 1m Free Meters In Kano, Kaduna, Lagos

FG Begins Nationwide Distribution Of 1m Free Meters In Kano,
Kaduna, Lagos
ABUJA—THE Federal Government last night said that it will
commence the distribution of free meters with the target of
getting 30 million consumers. The National Mass Metering
Programme, NMMP, is expected to commence today,
Friday, October 30, 2020, and to be simultaneously launched
in Kano, Kaduna, Eko and Ikeja DISCO franchise areas. The
free meter distribution, a Presidency source said was in
fulfillment of President Muhammadu Buhari’s promise to
ensure mass metering in the country and in the process put
an end to the problems of estimated billing in the electricity
sector.
The Presidency sources disclosed that the locations to
receive meters include Bawo Road and environs in Kano
metropolis (KEDCO), Governor Road/Tudun Wada in Kaduna
(Kaduna Electric), Oshodi Business Unit in Ikeja (Ikeja
Electric), and Yaba and Surulere (Eko DISCO). The
presidency source added that key stakeholders to monitor
the launch of the distribution include Kaduna, Kano and
Lagos State Government representatives, the Senate
Committee and House Chair on Power as well as
representatives of Organized Labour and Civil Society
Organizations.
It said the “NMMP is to roll out six million meters for all
connections points on grid without meters over the next 18
to 24 months, estimating to impact 30 million consumers
nationwide.
“Following Mr President’s directive on mass metering, the
Central Bank of Nigeria, on October 18th, approved
guidelines for funding the mass metering programme which
entailed that all meters under the scheme will be locally
sourced, creating thousands of manufacturing jobs through
lead manufacturers such as MOMAS, MOJEC and others.”
The source further said that” the launch of the NMMP will
be part of a continuous effort where all DisCos will go from
location to location across the country with their respective
Meter Asset Providers to install meters for all Nigerians.”
When contacted,the Senior Special Assistant to the
President on Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice
President, Laolu Akande confirmed the story but added that
more details will emerge as the distribution progresses
across the country.
He added that current efforts by the Federal Government on
improving power supply and mass metering was in line with
some of the agreements recently reached between the FG
and Organized Labour recently. It will be recalled that
President Buhari had committed that Nigerians would be
metered prior to the end of his Administration and that
estimated billing would be ended.
Free distribution of electricity meters was part of the
agreement reached between the Federal Government and
the organized labour after government increased the
electricity tarrif. Minister of State for Power, Prince Godwin
Jedy-Agba had announced that out of the six million meters
o be distributed, the government would start with one
mission which he said was available and they were
expected to be distributed before the end of December this
year.

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