‘Few Dis­cos pa­tro­n­ise our me­ters’

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS - By Si­mon Echewo­fun Sunday

The Elec­tric­ity Me­ter Man­u­fac­tur­ers As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­ria (EMMAN) has said only Abuja, Ibadan and Eko Dis­tri­bu­tion com­pa­nies (Dis­cos) pa­tro­n­ise its mem­bers on the ac­qui­si­tion of me­ters lo­cally.

The as­so­ci­a­tion said the low pa­tron­age from the other eight Dis­cos could re­sult in non-sus­tain­abil­ity of their busi­ness, its Ex­ec­u­tive Sec­re­tary, Mr Muyideen Ibrahim, told the News Agency of Nige­ria (NAN) in Lagos re­cently.

“The Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment needs to in­ter­vene in order to pre­vent the me­ter­ing in­dus­try from col­laps­ing.”

He urged the Dis­cos to stop im­port­ing me­ters, say­ing by do­ing that, they were boost­ing and de­vel­op­ing the economies of for­eign coun­tries at Nige­ria’s ex­pense.

EMMAN said the man­u­fac­tur­ers have the ca­pac­ity to pro­duce 25,000 me­ters monthly and that the five man­u­fac­tur­ers do pro­duce 5,000 me­ters monthly and could dou­ble their ca­pac­ity with higher de­mand.

The Min­is­ter of Power, Works and Hous­ing, Mr. Ba­batunde Fashola, while un­veil­ing the 73,000 me­ter s de­ploy­ment by Kano Disco in June urged op­er­a­tors to pa­tro­n­ise lo­cal me­ter firms to boost the econ­omy.

Spokesman of Abuja Disco, Ahmed Sheka­rau, at the weekend also con­firmed that it ac­quired a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of me­ters from the lo­cal man­u­fac­tur­ers this year to boost its Cred­ited Ad­vanced Pay­ment for Me­ter­ing Ini­tia­tive (CAPMI).

Daily Trust re­calls that the spokesman for the As­so­ci­a­tion of Nige­rian Elec­tric­ity Dis­trib­u­tors (ANED), Mr. Sunday Odun­tan ,had told news­men in April that the lo­cal firms might not have the full ca­pac­ity and re­quired me­ter type.

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