The Federal Government on Thursday warned Distribution Companies (DisCos) to stop selling electricity meters to customers.
Minister of Power, Engr. Abubakar Aliyu, on Thursday, stated that procurement is free of charge.
Aliyu spoke at the weekly State House ministerial briefing organised by the Presidential Media Team.
“These meters are free, we said it a number of times. These are tools that will generate liquidity. How can we be selling something that will bring in money?
“It is the responsibility of the DisCos and the government is seeing that they are not doing so. The government is giving the DisCos the meters to distribute for free.
“But there’ll always be “touts” and “kabu-kabu”. I think it’s the touts that are doing this kind of shoddy deal”, NAN quoted him saying.
Aliyu said the procurement of four million meters for the second phase of the mass metering programme is on-going.
Confirming that close to one million meters have been rolled out under, the minister confirmed the focus on local manufacturers.
He said this would provide jobs like the 10,000 generated under the first phase’s installation and assembly.
Aliyu announced that the second phase contract will be awarded by the end of the second quarter of 2022.
The third phase will provide additional two million meters, funded through the World Bank, the official added.
Aliyu further advised underperforming DisCos to ensure the fulfillment contractual agreements with the Federal Government or face sanctions.
Nigerian govt gives reason for poor power supply
The federal government has said the low water levels in the hydro dams is to blame for the poor power supply in the country.
The Minister of Power, Abubakar Aliyu, explained that the dry season has resulted in the reduction of hydro capacity of the dams.
Aliyu stated this on Thursday in Abuja during the statehouse ministerial briefing.
“I would like to discuss the increased load shedding. You may have observed in Abuja and other areas in the country. With the reduction in hydro capacity during the dry season, additional loads need to be taken up by our gas plants,” he said.
The minister also disclosed that the ongoing maintenance work on some power plants around the country also contributed to the reduced power supply.
“We are having maintenance work in the eastern axis around Odupami, leading to reduced power supply from the usually reliable NDPHC Calabar power plant, and we are having challenges at Okoloma gas station linked to AFAM 6 power plant,” he said.
“We are working with NNPC and other gas suppliers. Also to improve the pressure on the western axis and that is precluding this unit from reaching optimum supply. These challenges are surmountable.”