In its effort to tackle the problems associated with estimated billing system, the Federal Government of Nigeria has disclosed plans to begin the distribution of electricity meters to four million households.
Speaking after the inauguration of the 330KV/160KVA power sub-station in Akurba, Lafia Local Government Area of Nasarawa State, by the President, Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Thursday, the minister of power, Abubakar Aliyu, said the gesture was aimed at ensuring that every customer had the liberty to control their electricity usage.
Aliyu explained that under the mass metering initiative of the FG, over one million households received meters in the first phase of the programme, while over four million households would benefit in the second phase of the programme, which is expected to commence soon.
He said, “The plan of the FG is to make sure that every electricity consumer is metered so as to permanently tackle the problems associated with estimated billing system, because when a customer has meter, they are at liberty to control their energy usage.”
He commended the president for completing the 330KV/160KVA power sub-station, which was started in 2017 by his administration.
He said small scale businesses such as hairdressing salons, barbershops, welding workshops, and tailoring shops, among others, were already benefiting from quality electricity supply from the sub-station since it began operation few months ago and assured that it would attract more investors to the state in the coming years.
Earlier, while inaugurating some Federal and Nasarawa State Governments projects in the state, President MuhammaduBuhari expressed gratitude to Governor Abdullahi Sule for embarking on quality projects that would positively impact the lives of residents of the state.