ABUJA – The National Mass Metering Programme (NMMP), is expected to commence today, Friday, October 30, 2020, and will be simultaneously launched in Kano, Kaduna, Eko and Ikeja DISCO franchise areas.
The Federal Government had last night said that it would commence the distribution of free meters with the target of getting 30 million consumers.
A source in the Presidency disclosed that the locations to receive free meters include Bawo Road and environs in Kano metropolis (KEDCO), Governor Road/Tudun Wada in Kaduna (Kaduna Electric), Oshodi Business Unit in Ikeja (Ikeja Electric), and Yaba and Surulere (Eko DISCO).
According to the source the key stakeholders to monitor the launch of the distribution include Kaduna, Kano and Lagos State Government representatives, the Senate Committee and House Chair on Power as well as representatives of Organized Labour and Civil Society Organizations.
“Following Mr President’s directive on free metering, the Central Bank of Nigeria, on October 18th, approved guidelines for funding the mass metering programme which entailed that all meters under the scheme will be locally sourced, creating thousands of manufacturing jobs through lead manufacturers such as MOMAS, MOJEC and others.”
The source further said that” the launch of the NMMP will be part of a continuous effort where all DisCos will go from location to location across the country with their respective Meter Asset Providers to install meters for all Nigerians.”
Meanwhile, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Office of the Vice President, Laolu Akande confirmed the story but added that more details will emerge as the free meter distribution progresses across the country.
He added that current efforts by the Federal Government on improving power supply and mass free metering was in line with some of the agreements recently reached between the Federal Government and Organized Labour recently.
in the same vein, citizens are calling for proper monitoring of the distribution of free meters by the Federal Government.