Stakeholders in the nation’s power sector have explained why the implementation of the Meter Asset Providers scheme recently introduced by the federal government was slow.
Mr. Adetayo Adegbemle, Executive Director, PowerUp Nigeria, expressed dismay over lack of transparency by Discos in keying into the scheme.
He said of the 108 companies given license of no objection, only 22 was eventually assigned to the 11 Discos, with 1 MAP, Mojec by name, with no apparent capacity to fulfil the orders appearing up to nine distribution companies.
He said that some operators claimed they were coerced to accept MAP.
He said NERC has not shown commitment in seeing the success of MAP, with no structure put in place to monitor deployments of Meters to Customers, as seen by complaints from customers all over Nigeria.
He advocated the need for the liberalisation of the metering of consumers and that all Meter Assets Providers to access the market directly, while NERC should publish qualified and licensed companies.
Kola Balogun, Chairman/ CEO , MOMAS Electricity Meter Manufacturing Company (MEMMCOL), said none of the Meter Assets Providers (MAPs) has ever contacted him for the 30 per cent local content meter manufacturing involvement as they go ahead to pay Chinese company 70 per cent of meter importation order but to pay for local company to supply meter is a problem and they don’t come for contracts.
He added that meter imported in to the country is a total contravention of the Local Content Act, because if regulation said you must ensure 30 per cent local content and you are now fulfilling 70 per cent foreign importation of meters it shows lack of respect for the law.
“I don’t have problem with importing component and raw materials which I still pay five per cent. Why would someone go and import meters without patronizing 30 per cent local mandatory specification by government?
“I can table my capacity if I’m encouraged and same goes to other local meter manufacturers. So, we need to sit down and look at how to address the anomalies in the system. We need to develop our technological capability to address our power problem. Everybody should come and manufacture in Nigeria, we have what it takes in Nigeria to produce locally”.
Speaking along same line, Dr. Dallas Peavey, Group Chief Operating Officer, Armese Power Solutions, observed that the MAP had a very slow start, though he said Port Harcourt, Eko, Ikeja, Kano have made great strides in the MAP process.
“The problems are the delay in cost, implementation from the customers and even the changes from NERC itself. We had what we thought was a set cost for meters, the parameters for which you should charge for meters and the process to install those meters.”