The federal government has announced that the second phase of its national mass metering scheme will begin in the coming months (NMMP).
On Thursday, Sale Mamman, the minister of power, revealed it on Facebook.
The NMMP is a federal government and electricity distribution companies (DisCos) project to deploy smart prepayment meters to all unmetered customers, in partnership with local meter manufacturers.
The scheme was funded by the federal government through loans from the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) to DisCos. Customers are given with complimentary meters.
President Muhammadu Buhari ordered countrywide metering of power consumers in August 2020 in order to control projected billings.
DisCos have metered nearly 1 million consumers under the Meter Asset Provider (MAP) scheme and NMMP, according to the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).
“It should be remembered that, because to the Covid-19 epidemic, the first phase (Phase 0) was started later than intended in December 2020, with a target of 1 million meters across the country. In just under eight months, 750,000 meters have been supplied to DISCOs,” he stated.
“When compared to its predecessor (Meter Asset Provider – MAP program), which installed 350,000 meters in just over 18 months, this is a significant advance in terms of meter installation speed.
“This phase will deliver up to 4 million meters and will use a finance structure similar to phase 0.” The NMMP initiative’s quick surge in private sector interest in investing in local meter assembly, manufacturing, and installation space is one of its significant achievements.