Unavailability of electricity metres which has become a major headache of majority of electricity consumers may soon be a thing of the past in Lagos State following the plan by the state government to set up a metre manufacturing line.
Governor Babatunde Fashola (SAN), who made the disclosure on Thursday, during the inauguration of the newly built 10.4MW Alausa Power Plant located within the state secretariat in Ikeja, said the proposed meter assembly line was part of the ongoing efforts by the state government to address all the problems associated with efficient power supply to the residents of the state.
He stated that the meter assembly has become necessary in order to alleviate the hardship residents faced in the process of acquiring electricity meters while adding that continued production and conservation were very critical factors to ensure the people get basic utilities like water and electricity optimally.
“We already have a transformer manufacturing plant (El-Sewedy Electric in Badagry) and so we are going ahead to ensure that when the power is ultimately here the components to bring it to peoples’ homes will be available. What we hear before is that well, there is generation but there is no gas, so we don’t what to get to that when the talk would be there is electricity but there is no transformers. So, we are already ahead of the curve and that factory will also be manufacturing meters in the plant”, he said.
The governor also said that with the new power plant, government institutions comprising 62 buildings, 156 departments and over 4000 offices hitherto connected to the public electric power supply from the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN), would now move to the power being generated from the new facility and enjoy 24-hour uninterrupted power supply.
According to him, apart from the secretariat complex which includes the Government House, Lagos State House of Assembly and public service offices, the plant will also feed the Lagos Television (LTV 8); Lagos State Printing Corporation; Lagos State Council of Arts & Culture; Office of the State Surveyor-General; proposed Multi-Agency Complex, and Staff Quarters I, II and III with power in addition to power street lights on Obafemi Awolowo Way, Ikeja.
Information from The Nation was used in this report.