‘Few Discos patronise our meters’
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.