13 June 2016
Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, on Monday in Kano advised electricity Distribution Companies to patronise meter manufacturing companies operating within the country.
Inaugurating the Mass Meter Deployment programme of the Federal Government the minister said the patronage was necessary to encourage local production of meters and to save foreign exchange.
“Patronising the local meter manufacturing companies is the way to diversify and save foreign exchange,“ he said.
Fashola noted that the inauguration of the scheme in Kano was a clear indication that the Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO) was committed to ensuring effective service delivery.
He commended KEDCO for the initiative and urged other DISCOs to develop their own strategies for mass deployment of meters for the benefit of their customers.
In his remarks, the Managing Director of KEDCO, Alhaji Jamilu Gwamna, said the company had more than 63, 000 meters to be distributed to its customers.
Gwamma said that the inauguration of the scheme would go a long way in checking the issue of “crazy’’ or “estimated’’ bills, in addition to ensuring effective service delivery.
“Our intention is to ensure that by 2020, the company will be the most valuable company to compete favourably with other companies in the country,’’ he said.
In his own address, Vice-Chancellor, Bayero University, Kano, Prof. Yahuza Bello, called on the minister to use the magic wand he used as Lagos State governor to improve on the power supply situation in the country.
“The power sector has a lot of challenges, and with low power supply, we are spending N6 million weekly on diesel to power our generators in the university,’’ he lamented.
Bello said that if power supply improved in Kano, the management of the university was ready to pay the money used for the purchase of diesel to KEDCO to enable it to serve its customers better.
Fashola was in Kano to attend the sixth Monthly Power Sector and Stakeholders Meeting.