Thursday, April 18, 2024

Federal Govt Begins Nationwide Mass Metering Project

The Nigerian government has begun the mass metering of the Nigerian Army formations nationwide with a promise to end the era of estimated billings in the power sector.

Also the government has begun Flag off of mass metering across Army formations across the federation.

Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu disclosed this during the flag off of the metering exercise at the headquarters of the 9th Brigade of the Nigerian Army  military cantonment in Ikeja, Lagos State, South-west Nigeria.

According to the Minister, the exercise would be in phases with the Ikeja cantonment being the first phase of the exercise.

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Adebayo, who stressed that the current exercise will last  for six weeks before the second  phase begins explained that for the current  exercise, the sum of N12.7 billion has been released out of a total of N40billion for the mass metering project.

“The mass metering in army formations nationwide will enable us know what is being consumed on a monthly basis in order to ensure appropriate billings and ease collections. The  overall intention is to eliminate and make estimated billing  a thing of the past”.

He further stated that the current exercise is part of President Bola Tinubu’s renewed hope agenda to ensure regular supply of electricity to army formations, nationwide, saying the smart meters being installed are tamper-proof and would eliminate energy theft.

“This is one of Mr. President’s objectives as contained in the renewed hope agenda to ensure that electricity  supply to the armed forces is prioritised and they do not suffer especially in the enjoyment of public utilities”.

“You can not by- pass the meter which also comes  with an app where customers can also get statement of their consumption on a monthly basis”.

He revealed further that “the meter  allows interconnectivity between grid and off grid solar power supply”.

The Minister emphasised that part of the energy blue print for the country is also to build off grid power sources such as Solar energy for military barracks located in remote areas without grid supply.

“and where we have grid supply, we can interchange between the grid and solar  supply if we are not satisfied with the number of hours supplied by the Distribution  Companies (DISCOs) . Beyond metering, we have to prioritise electricity supply to the barracks”,

“the metering project would be extended to all military formations in the country with the objective of providing 24 hours power supply to the barracks. Adebayo added.

Also, the Chief Executive Officer of De Haryor Global Services, Engineer Ashade Olatunbosun who is in charge of the metering project said the second phase of the project will begin in Abuja and Enugu, States simultaneously, adding that military formations across the 11 DISCOs will benefit from the exercise.

“Army formations in Jos, Abuja, Ibadan, Enugu, Kaduna, Ikeja and Eko distribution companies will benefit from the exercise”, he said.

Earlier, the Commander, Military cantonment in Ikeja, Lagos State, South-west Nigeria, Major, general Adegoke Adetuyi, said the federal government metering initiative is timely as the brigade headquarters has been having epileptic power supply over time.

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