Energy

‘Don’t blame meter manufacturers for shortage’

The Managing Director of Sebrud Consortiums, an indigenous Meter Manufacturing Company, Mr. Chisom Nwangwu, has stated that the prepaid meter producers in Nigeria were not to be blamed for the shortage of the product for electricity consumers in Nigeria, rather “the demand for the prepaid meter is low”

Nwangwu, reacting to reports that Nigerians have continued to decry the inability of Electricity Distribution Companies ( Discos ) to provide enough prepaid electricity meters for consumers, told our correspondent in Lagos that the prepaid meter manufacturing firms had the capacity to meet the demands for the product.

He also noted that the Awka-based firm with its 400, 000 installed capacity was ready to work with the 11 electricity distribution companies in the country to realise the Federal Government’s objective of having all customers metered “when requested to do so”

“Capacity is not the problem, we are producing and the products are there, we have the capacity to supply whatever is demanded by the distribution companies.

“All that is needed is for the Government and Discos to contact us and place orders and they will get the meters, we are ready to work with the 11 electricity distribution companies,’’ he said.

Nwangwu assured Nigerians that the products were of international standard having been approved by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) and certified by the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON).

He specifically said: “ the meters are of high quality and they have passed the Mandatory Conformity Assessment Programme, ( MANCAP), test of SON.

“They are 100 per cent quality assured with 10-year warranty period; our customer service department is effective”.

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