Minister of Power, Works and housing Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola yesterday in Kano called on Electricity Distribution companies in the country to patronize locally manufactured meters so as to contribute to the growth of the nation’s economy.
Fashola, who was in Kano to launch the mass meter deployment for Kabuga axis Kano Electricity Distribution company (KEDCO), argued that the quality of the locally manufactured meters in Ogun State remains the same if not better than the ones imported from China and India.
The minister, who revealed that the power sector is spending over N500 million for the installation of meters across the country, noted that the development has also opened windows of opportunity for job creation for the unemployed youths.
According to him, the power sector would be distributing about 115,000 meters across the nation this year alone. He urged consumers to be patient as the ministry is committed towards ensuring that in no distance time all consumers nation wide would have their own meters.
According to The Nation, He said he personally inspected some local meter manufacturers in Ogun State and found them having similar quality with those imported from China and lndia. He said,
“So far, KEDCO has spent N5. 7 b for the procurement of the meters, while N500m is for its installation and the work will be done by Nigerians which will contribute to employment generation.”