=== (AGENDWATCHDOG) === – July this year will mark the commencement of the second phase or Phase 1 of the National Mass Metering Programe, which would see the distribution of four million free prepaid meters to electricity consumers across the country.
This was disclosed by the Special Adviser to the President on Infrastructure, Ahmad Rufai Zakari, who said that the Federal Government would wrap up the distribution of its initial one million meters, which he labeled phase zero by July, and plans to kick-start the distribution of four million meters shortly afterwards.
While giving an update on the Phase Zero, which is currently ongoing, Zakari said that over 400,000 meters have already being installed and more than 600,000 meters have already been delivered to distribution companies for installation and on completion, would mark the end of the current phase, lamenting, however, that the installation has been slow due to inadequate personnel.
The national mass metering programme is an initiative of the federal government and electricity distribution companies (DisCos), in collaboration with local meter manufacturers, to provide smart prepaid meters to all unmetered customers. It is expected that six million smart prepaid meters would have been distributed to electricity consumers by the end of the exercise which the federal government said it would conclude by 2023.