Local manufacturers have said they will produce at least 25,000 meters monthly for a start, with a plan to increase production gradually to meet the country’s metering need and for ease of deployment.
The Electricity Meters Manufacturers Association of Nigeria expressed its commitment to the successful implementation of the Federal Government’s presidential initiative on metering scheme for Nigerians.
The umbrella body for local meter manufacturers stated this in a joint communiqué issued at the end of a strategic meeting between members of EMMAN and ZIKLAGSIS Networks Limited in Abuja.
According to the Executive Secretary, EMMAN, Mr. Muideen Ibrahim, local meter manufacturers have resolved to ensure that their various factories work in full capacity to deliver on the country’s metering needs.
Ibrahim noted that the manufacturers were confident that the metering project would bring about economic revolution and development as it would create job opportunities for the teeming unemployed Nigerians as well as enhance transfer of technology to the country.
According to him, the meters manufactured by EMMAN member companies are of international standards, and are also tropicalised for the Nigerian environment to withstand the extreme weather condition such as temperature and humidity.
He also revealed that EMMAN and ZIKLAGSIS Networks Limited had requested from the Federal Government a two-month lead-time from the day the contract is awarded and commitment made.
While commending President Muhammadu Buhari for the initiative and the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, for his support to local manufacturers, they pleaded with the Federal Government to encourage local manufacturers to continue to be in operations to help reduce unemployment rate by allocating adequate foreign exchange to aid their continuous operations.
EMMAN members present at the meeting were Unistar Hi-Tech Systems Limited, Momas Electricity Meters Manufacturing Company Limited, Mojec International, EMCON Plc, Elsewedy Electric and Ahmed Raji & Co.
“The presidential initiative on metering scheme for Nigerians is indeed a good step in the right direction that would bring a lot of improvement in curbing the non-technical losses in the system and contribute immensely to the growth of the country’s GDP in the long run,” Ibrahim said.