The Ministry of Power has said that the mass metering initiative of the Federal Government is paying off as one of the most ambitious packages in history.
To the Ministry, Nigeria has finally gotten it right on the long existing challenges of metering power consumption in the country.
This was disclosed by the Minister of Power, Engr. Saleh Mamman, during the launching of the mass metering program at Yola, Adamawa State via the Ministry’s Twitter handle. He said:
- “The Nigerian electricity market has, for many years, struggled with inadequate revenues, thus creating significant liquidity challenge for all market participants in the value chain. One of the major contributors to the funding challenge is the low level of metering for end-user consumers.
- “This is the principal reason for customer resistance to payment of electricity bills due to the perceived lack of confidence and trust in estimated billing. The often-repeated reason for the low level of metering has been attributed to the inability of Distribution Companies (DisCos) to raise financing for the purchase of meters.”
NIGERIA'S ELECTRICITY METERING CHALLENGE BEING ADDRESSED WITH MASS METERING; MINISTER OF POWER.
Minister of Power @EngrSMamman is glad that Nigeria has finally gotten it right on the long existing challenges of metering power consumption in the country.
— Office of the Minister of Power (@PowerMinNigeria) December 11, 2020
The Minister also commended the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari for supporting the DisCos with the much-needed financing towards the bulk acquisition of meters, describing the intervention of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) in the provision of long-term low-interest funds to the DisCos as a boost.
What you should know
- On August 26, 2020, President Muhammadu Buhari directed that there should be a nationwide mass metering programme for electricity consumers in the country, according to Nairametrics. This is an effort by the Federal Government to put an end to estimated and arbitrary billing for electricity.
- This information is part of the press statement issued by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) on Wednesday, August 26, 2020, and signed by its Executive Chairman, James Momoh.
- The statement from NERC reads: “The President has directed that there should be a nationwide mass-metering program in an effort by the Federal Government to put a stop to estimated and arbitrary billing for electricity.”