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FG metering scheme not possible in 6 months

FG metering scheme not possible in 6 months
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NCPN President says FG can’t deploy six million meters before June as projected.

Recently, the Minister of Power, Abubakar Aliyu, announced that the government will deploy six million meters before June 2023 under the second and third phases of the National Mass Metering Programme. However, Kunle Olubiyo, the Nigeria Consumer Protection Network President and power Sector Perspectives Coordinator, said that the projection is not possible. He said that the Phase Zero of the program was stopped because some power distribution companies were signing for meters that were not delivered as opposed to meters received. In simpler words, they were invoicing for meters that were not supplied.

He said that this has made the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), which was providing funding for the program, to go to court concerning the issue. The issue raised by the CBN or the issue that led to the abrupt end of Phase Zero of the program has arguably not been addressed. Mr. Olubiyo wondered why the government cannot just concentrate on the general elections and allow the incoming government to come in and do an audit of the mass metering program.

Metering fund should be handled by Bank of Industry or an equivalent agency.

The 10-year moratorium on the privatization of the power sector is supposed to expire. Hence, the NCPN President is concerned why the government is dabbling in the aforementioned issue at all. Mr. Olubiyi said that the consumer network expected that there should be a metering fund, which should be handled by the Bank of Industry or another financial institution so that the manufacturers of the meter can access the funds. If they provide much-needed banking instruments to access the funds and they are able to increase their manufacturing capacity, consumers could just go to them and buy.

Just like the point of sales (POS), the system should be designed in such a way that it will be universal. This will ensure that a customer can just go to a meter manufacturer and let them be seamlessly synchronized such that if you buy it, you take it to the distribution companies (DisCos) and their engineers can program the mater just like it is done. Mr Olubiyi said that instead of the government getting involved in what the private sector is supposed to concentrate on, it should channel its energy into other areas of development.

Issue of corruption underlies the metering program.

When asked if the government should abandon the mass metering initiative, he said that it is better off for everyone if the government allows the private sector to run it. According to him, “Do you know what goes under the table for a meter manufacturer to be slated for patronage under the National Mass Metering Programme? Do you know the amount a major meter manufacturer will have to part with to get listed? If I’m going to give you one million meters to supply, how much concession are you giving me as a cut?”

He claimed that there is no government institution that is coordinating the National Mass Metering Programme. It is not that of the CBN. At the Federal Ministry of Power, there is no department – and no body, no institution, no governance structure, no individual – that is coordinating the program on behalf of the government. When we have no governance structure, no institution at the CBN, at the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), or anywhere else presiding over the program, how is it possible to deploy that number of meters in that period of time?

Mass Metering Programme is no unit’s initiative.

The NERC is supposed to be directly involved with the program, but Mr. Olubiyo said that all the programs that the commission has been initiating have been “copies and pastes.” He said the commission adopts programs prepared by external forces hook, line and sinker. Although the Meter asset Provider scheme was introduced by the NERC, the National Mass Metering Programme is neither here nor there. It is owned by nobody. There is no governance over it and it is not a program of the NERC.


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17 days ago

FG metering scheme not possible in 6 monthsNCPN President says FG can’t deploy six million meters before June as projected. – Express your point of view.

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16 days ago

Our government needs to think before rolling out statements because all these needs several logistics for it to be achievable not just coming out to say they would roll out 6million meters within 6 months and itnwknt be in fruition.

Abusi
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16 days ago

If they can’t deploy the 6 million meters before June, they should still ensure people have table electricity. I also hope the meter won’t inflate too much tariff because we should pay at the rate at which we consume and not otherwise.

Member
8
16 days ago

Since some electricity distribution firms were signing for meters that had not been delivered rather than signing for meters that had been received, Phase Zero of the program had to be halted.

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16 days ago

It is absurd that this has resulted in the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), which was providing funds for the initiative, going to court addressing the matter.

Member
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16 days ago

It may be argued that the problem that was brought up by the CBN or the one that brought about the unexpected conclusion of Phase Zero of the program has not been solved.

Member
8
16 days ago

I don’t see why the current administration can’t just focus on the midterm elections and let the next administration audit the mass metering system.

Member
8
16 days ago

If they are able to enhance their manufacturing capacity and supply the much-needed banking instruments to access the funds, then customers might simply go to them to make their purchases instead of going elsewhere.

Member
8
16 days ago

There should be a metering fund, the management of which should be handled by the Bank of Industry or similar financial institution, and the monies for the fund should be accessible to the manufacturers of meters.

Member
8
16 days ago

If we do not have a governance structure or an entity at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), or anywhere else that is in charge of the program, then we would not be able to implement it.

Member
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16 days ago

They should still provide table electricity if they can’t deploy the 6 million meters by June. I hope the meter doesn’t boost tariff too much because we should pay for what we use.

Member
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16 days ago

It may be claimed that Phase Zero of the initiative ended unexpectedly because of the issue that the CBN raised.

Member
8
16 days ago

The Bank of Industry or comparable financial institution should maintain a metering fund and make its funds available to meter producers.

Member
8
16 days ago

People should still have access to stable electricity even if the 6 million meters can’t be installed by June. Additionally, I’m hoping the meter won’t raise the price too much because we should only be charged for what we actually use.

Member
8
16 days ago

Customers may choose to make their purchases from them rather than going elsewhere if they are able to increase their manufacturing capacity and provide the crucial financial tools required to access the monies.

Member
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16 days ago

We should at least pay at the rate at which we consume. Electricity is not stable likewise the economy is not too friendly In terms of getting funds to pay bills.

Last edited 16 days ago by Iyanu12345ogg
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16 days ago

If the deploy of meter can not happen for now stable electricity should be provide so people can enjoy electricity they pay for not just paying without enjoy or making use of the electricity

Member
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15 days ago

Phase Zero of the program had to be stopped because certain electrical distribution companies were signing for meters that had not yet been delivered as opposed to signing for meters that had.

Member
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15 days ago

FG metering scheme not possible in 6 months. Government need to do the needful because all this excuse is not prepare for us

Member
9
15 days ago

The metering issue has been lingering for so long in Nigeria and the major reason is that the federal government is not sincere enough to do what is right because of corruption.Some people were eating fat out of it.

Member
9
15 days ago

The issue of metering has been in existence since and the major reason is that government didn’t want to do right thing,the major reason that this can’t work is corruption of the officials incharge of the metering because their eating fat out of it

Member
8
15 days ago

The forces or cabals who are profiting from making metering difficulty are the major problems preventing of the meter.

Member
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15 days ago

I hope the proposed FG metering scheme will be a reality within six months. I know is not possible at all judging by the situation on ground.

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