Power distribution companies (DisCos) and indigenous manufacturers of meters have traded words over the quality and quantity of meters produced
Some officials of Ikeja Electric (IE), Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) and Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), who spoke at a stakeholders’ forum, said the DisCos were not patronising local meters manufacturers because their products were of poor quality. The officials, who pleaded not to be mentioned, said meters imported from Europe and Asia were of better quality, adding that every organisation wants the best. They also added that none of the meter companies has over 50,000 meters in stock.
The Electricity Meters Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (EMMAN) Secretary Mr Muhideen Ibrahim, however denied the allegations. He said the group comprised five manufacturers, adding that each could supply at least 100,000 meters to the market. On quality, Ibrahim said DisCos, which bought meters from local manufacturers have never complained of poor quality. MEMCOL Nigeria Limited Managing Director Mr Kola Balogun also denied the allegation of lower production of meters, adding that local manufacturers’ meters met international standards.