Stakeholders Task Government on Substandard Meters

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Nigeria is battling with low-quality meters because the Federal Government, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), the Nigerian Metering Management Agency(EMMC) and others have failed to formulate policies to regulate the importation of meters. Coupled with this, is the love of money by importers, stakeholders have said.

The stakeholders include the  Secretary, Electricity Meters Manufacturing Association of Nigeria (EMMAN), Muhideen Ibrahim  and the Managing Director, MEMCOL Limited,  Mr Kola Balogun.

According to them, there is no regulation to check importers of meters. The development is having grave consequence on the industry.

Ibrhahim said sub-standard meters were installed in Abuja and other cities a few years ago, adding that the meters did not last.

He said people buy sub-standard meters from China because they are cheap, without considering the interest of users of the meters.

 He said: ‘’ Sub-standard meters work for a while; may be three to four years.  Aside that the meters are of lower qrade, they are easily by-passed.When the meters are by-passed, the power distribution companies (DisCos) bear the brunt, by not generating enough revenue.

’’Balogun said the meters’ voltages are below global recommendation.

‘’While the voltage approved for meters in the United States, the United Kingdom and other countries is 220 to 240, this could not be said of Nigeria where the voltage has dropped to 110 to 80. When companies import meters from developed countries, they do not bother to re-configure the voltage to meet the needs of users. Failure to do this means people who use such meters will not enjoy them,” he said.

He said voltage flucturates in the country, stressing that there are problems when  voltage rises beyond normal level.

Ibrahim urged the Federal Government to put in place measures  to domesticate imported metersand insitute policies that would improve  the growth of local manufacturers of meters.

Source: IWIN

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