In collaboration with the efforts of the power sector stakeholders to bring to the Nigerian electricity consumers a global brand of energy solution and cutting-edge smart technology, the Jos Distribution Company (Disco) has formally inaugurated its Credited Advanced Payment for Metering Implementation (CAPMI) programme in collaboration with Paktim Consulting Nigeria Limited.
During the event, Paktim was officially awarded the contracts to manufacture, supply and install both Single Phase and Three Phase Compact Electricity Meters to Jos Disco.
Speaking during the inauguration of the programme, which was led by the Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director of Jos Disco, Mr. F. N. Obishai, the Managing Director of Paktim Nigeria, Mr. Charles Ejikeme Ilofulunwa, said all Paktim meters were manufactured to be smart by default with the option to include extra functionalities as required.
He said Paktim manufactures meters with post-paid and/or prepayment functionality with upgradable software.
The Project Director for Paktim UK, Mr. Michael Otugo, said the advantage of having Paktim meters that were smart by default with upgradable software, was to reduce cost to the customers if the meters require an update to the firmware.
Otugo stated that its beauty was that all the upgrades could be done remotely without tampering with the meters and promised to give Jos Disco a world-class metering technology.
On his part, Charles said Paktim Nigeria would bridge the gap between the supply and demand in meter requirements in Nigeria as we are poised to key into President Goodluck Jonathan’s transformation agenda in the power sector.
“We are indeed in a smart world now with the electronic smart technology in vogue, so customers are advised to key into Paktim Brand of Meters as they are all smart by default and manufactured to sooth your comfort, easy to operate with hand-held device interface options in the comfort of your room,” he said.
Paktim is one of the leading manufacturers and solution providers in smart metering products and systems, both compact and split types. With about 20 years experience in Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and Smart Power Solutions, Paktim brings together an experienced team of people, cutting-edge technology and its strategic foreign and local partners to deliver world-class products, systems and management services to the distribution network operators in Nigeria.
The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) introduced CAPMI, which it dubbed customer-centred alternative few months, after the regulatory agency discovered that the majority of the customers did not have access to prepaid meters.
The Chairman of NERC, Dr. Sam Amadi, had at the commencement of CAPMI, said the programme was informed by customers desire to have their homes and offices fully metered to avoid over-estimated bill on energy not consumed.
Information from This Day was used in this report.