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1 Million Meter Deployment: FG Set To End Estimated Billings

FG To End Estimated Billings
The Federal Government of Nigeria has announced its readiness to put to stop the estimated billings by the Power Holding Company of Nigeria. It also promised to deploy at least 1 million Meters to Nigerians in the phase of the Meter deployment. Announcing this on Wednesday 4 November 2020 by the President, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari on his social media platform, listed that states like Kano, Kaduna, Lagos, and Abuja have already started receiving theirs.

"Under the first phase of the Presidential Mass Metering Initiative, we are making funding immediately available for DisCos to roll out 1,000,000 Meters in the first phase, at no cost to consumers. Deployment has already started in parts of Kano, Kaduna, Lagos, and Abuja," 

He further maintained that about 30 million users are targeted across the country and to also increase accessibility which has depreciated in recent years, and finally to avail more work opportunities through this means.

"Future phases of this Metering Initiative will help us fully meet the 6.5 million deficit of meters nationwide and will impact an estimated 30 million consumers. All meters under this program will be sourced from local manufacturers and in-country stock, to create jobs."

The President says its Government is ensured to ending estimated billing in all forms in Nigeria while assuring consumers that whatever they consume will be exactly what they will pay for.

Recall that the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed had on the 26 of November during one of his press releases told the media that the FG will soon address the challenges of the service-based electricity tariff adjustment by the DISCOS.

In a bid to ensure transparency and equally meet the demands of the Nigeria Labour Congress on the last two weeks warning strike embarked on by its members on the 28 of Nov., the FG resolved to raise committee on the new electricity tariff and how to resolve it in the interest of all Nigerians.

Meanwhile, it has continued to come as surprises to many Nigerians why a country that produces and distributes power to not less than two countries will continue to experience high electricity tariff and constant power failure while the guest countries' electricity goes uninterrupted.

Nigeria went into privatization in 2014 which saw the name NEPA changed to PHCN with the hope of bringing to the barest minimum the unnecessary challenges faced by the citizens in the hands of the government distributors.

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