DisCos Doubt NEMSA’s Ability to Meet Meter Testing Demands

**To Install 6million Meters

By Adedapo Adesanya

Power distribution companies (DisCos) in Nigeria have expressed determination to install about six million meters across the 11 coverage areas in the country by 2022.

It was discovered that out of the 8.8 million registered electricity customers across the 36 states of the federation, only 3.8 million, representing 42.9 percent have meters as at the end of the first quarter of 2019.

A major concern, according to the Discos, was the ability of the Nigerian Electricity Management Services Agency (NEMSA) to meet the demand for meter testing from the distribution companies as NEMSA had always insisted that it must test meters that come into the country.

Speaking at a meeting between power distributors and NEMSA in Abuja, a representative of Abuja Distribution Company, Sadiq Abdullahi, asked the agency’s Managing Director, Peter Ewesor, if his organisation had capacity to meet the demands of Discos with respect to meter testing.

Abdullahi revealed that the 11 Discos had targeted to install about six million meters between 2019 and 2022, but doubted NEMSA’s capacity to cope with the companies’ simultaneous demands for meter testing nationwide.

Adedapo Adesanya is a journalist, polymath, and connoisseur of everything art. When he is not writing, he has his nose buried in one of the many books or articles he has bookmarked or simply listening to good music with a bottle of beer or wine. He supports the greatest club in the world, Manchester United F.C.

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