The Federal Government has charged the Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency to come up with innovative measures that will help reduce the number of unmetered power users across the country.
According to the government, over six million consumers of electricity in Nigeria do not have meters, and this has impacted negatively on operators in the sector.
Speaking at the 2nd NEMSA Stakeholders’ Forum in Abuja, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, asked the agency to do more in implementing its mandate by exploring other opportunities that would help address the lack of meters in the industry. Fashola, who spoke through the Permanent Secretary in charge of Power at the Federal Ministry of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Louis Edozien, said the lack of meters was limiting the progress recorded in the electricity generation and transmission arms of the sector.
The minister said, “I would like to focus on the first element of NEMSA’s mandate, which is to ensure that electrical materials, equipment and instrument used in the Nigeria electricity supply industry are of the right quality, standards and specifications. “I think that is the basis of this stakeholders’ forum and the work NEMSA has been doing. But I want to challenge them to go further because the power sector is one of those industries where, unless everything is done, you don’t see the benefits.”
He added, “However, there are two very specific shortcomings that we’ve observed. The first one is meters. I’m sure we all know that customers all over the country are agitated by estimated bills. This is why the ministry is putting pressure on power distributors to please accelerate their meter roll-out.”