Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, disclosed in Lagos on Sunday that more than three million pre-payment meters are to be rolled out under the Federal Government’s intervention programme, Premium Times reports.
The intervention followed the incapacity of the Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) to meter all the houses of consumers across the country. Fashola told the News Agency of Nigeria that the government had in 2003 awarded the contract for the meters but they were not supplied. “I inherited it, they were in court and I am trying to take it out of the court so that we can settle and start the supply,’’ he said.
The former Lagos State Governor said that metering houses in the country was facing some challenges as there was no accurate database of actual consumers in the country.
Mr. Fashola said: “DISCOs need to go into these houses, do an audit to determine the type of meters to install. If you have a wrong meter, you will pay the wrong price or bill.”