Four million units will be distributed during the second phase of the current National Mass Metering Program, according to the Federal Government (FG).
Ahmad Zakari, Special Adviser to the President on Infrastructure, said that one million units were deployed in the initiative’s first phase while appearing on a program that TopnewsNaija was watching.
In order to allow us to restructure the Discos, President Muhammadu Buhari temporarily withheld some funds from the World Bank. However, we now have a World Bank facility that will fund an additional 1.25 million meters.
“So, what I would say is we know the gap when we started was about 9.8 million metres.
“One million has been done by the first phase of the National Mass Metering Programme.
“Another four million will be done by the second phase, which should commence shortly.
“Then another one million – funding has been secured and procurement will commence [later],” he said.
“It should start this first quarter… before March,” he said when asked when the second phase would begin.
The Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA), which is in charge of supervising more than 20 new local manufacturing firms engaged to construct the acquired meters, was cited by Zakari.
“Prior to the National Mass Metering Programme, there was no scalable programme on metering in the country. The first phase of the metering programme has distributed one million metres.
“We’ve subsequently concluded the process for another four million metres that are all going to local manufacturers,” he said.