No Monopoly of Metering on DisCos – Fashola

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The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, has stated that the responsibility of provision of meters is not only limited to the Electricity Distribution Companies(DisCos) in the country. He stated this during the 18th session of the stakeholders meeting of the sector which held in Kano. The Minister buttressed  this position by citing the provisions of the 2005 Electricity Sector Reform Act which allows other parties to supply meters. In his words, meter supply is an open and regulated business and government has decided to democratize meter provision. He added that suppliers would have to abide by the stated regulations of both the Nigerian Electricity Management Service Agency (NEMSA) and Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) provisions pertaining to such. This is part of the several measures being put in place by government to mitigate the effect of the various challenges among which are; liquidity and financing, confronting the sector.

The Minister however warned the DisCos that the obligation to meter customers is still theirs to keep and that they must not be found wanting in fulfilling such.

The Minister also highlighted that the generation capacity had improved to 6,863 Megawatts, while transmission capacity witnessed a rise to 6,700 Megawatts on 10th August 2017. The poor state of the DisCos network could not allow for the transmission of the lot that was generated.

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