A member of the House of Representatives, Committee on Power, Mrs. Abike Dabiri-Erewa, has urged the ministry of power and the new management of all Electricity Distribution Companies, DISCOs, to promote and patronise locally manufactured meters as part of efforts to drive economic growth.
She made this call during her facility tour of an indigenousmeter manufacturing company, Momas Meter Manufacturing Company Limited in Lagos.
She said economic growth in the country can only be realised when small and medium entrepreneurs are encouraged and patronised locally, noting that it is needless to import meters into the county as Nigeria has one of the best manufacturing companies in the world
She said: “I was shocked when I saw all the equipment at MEMCOL meter manufacturing company in Nigeria. I don’t believe that we can have this kind of facility and sophisticated equipment in Nigeria and still complain about metering challenges.
“Despite these local companies striving to manufacture energy meters, we still go ahead to import meters.This is indeed very bad for our system. I am amazed by what I have seen here today. It will be a big shame if we do not make use of what I have seen here as regards meter manufacturing in the country.
“I’ve heard a lot of things about this place, and it’s overwhelming. We have to learn and believe in our people, we have to learn to celebrate ourselves and decide that we are going to develop. As a parliamentarian, am going to discuss with my chairman on power and members of the house committee on power on ways to enforce local content patronage in meter manufacturing companies,” she said.
Erewa noted that there has been lack of patronage in the meter sector despite best quality meters being produced locally.
She said that all DISCOs in Nigeria should ensure that all its customers are metered to avoid estimated billing and overbilling