Mamman Saleh, Honourable Minister for Power

Nigeria to distribute 4m free prepayment electricity meters to consumers ─Minister

*The Federal Government will soon commence the distribution of the four million metering units under phase one of the metering programme in the country, says Mamman Saleh, Minister for Power

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect

In order to empower electricity consumers to get value for their money, the Federal Government has disclosed it will soon begin the distribution of four million free electricity prepayment meters promised by the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).

It was learnt Mamman Saleh, Honourable Minister for Power, stated this at the media beefing after the week’s virtual Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, FCT.

Prepayment electricity meters

Earlier, the CBN was reported to have promised to augment the Federal Government’s distribution of free prepayment meters with four million additional pieces.

The Minister said the government, however, noted that the government was almost getting through with the distribution of the existing one million meters to Nigerians.

Saleh, who described the arrangement as the phase zero, said the Federal Government  would soon commence the distribution of the four million metering units, which he tagged phase one of the metering programme.

In terms of relative improvement in the power industry in Nigeria, he stated there has been marked progress in power generation.

The country is now generating as much as 5,000 megawatts from the initial 3,000 megawatts, he said.

On the distribution of the meters to electricity consumers, Saleh explained: “It’s ongoing; we are almost rounding off.

“We have almost finished with phase zero, we are now going into phase one of the distribution of the meters, that is the remaining four million the Central Bank promised to augment with.”

Saleh added: “The first set is one million, we’re about to finish with that, but you know, it’s not the target, one million is very negligible compared to the demand of Nigerians.”

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