In Nigeria, local meter manufacturers have again appealed to electricity distribution companies (discos) to support the domestic prepaid and post-paid meter market.

At a meeting held at Momas Electricity Meters Manufacturing Company, (MEMMCOL), Nigerian meter manufacturers bemoaned how discos were reluctant to order prepaid and postpaid meters from them despite the country’s significant metering gap.

Olayinka Lawal, general manager, commercial, of MEMMCOL, said patronage of Nigerian meters would allow local manufacturers to retain their trained engineers, adding that his company was operating with skeletal staff, having already asked about 60 per cent of the 150 workforce to stay at home.

Mr Lawal, who also represents the Electricity Meters Manufacturers Association of Nigeria, said with its installed capacity of 1.2 million meters a year or 100,000 meters a month, his factory could meet the demands of the distribution companies.

Commenting on how the company has brought all stakeholders to the plant to observe the production process, Lawal said: “CEOs of all the Discos have been here. Eko, Ikeja, Ibadan Discos have been to the factory. Minister of state for power, the minister of trade and investment, Aganga, the current minister of industry, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC commissioner, Ekpo, has also been here. Even the NERC commissioner for standards, Mr. Awolokun has been here.

Up to standard

“The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has also been here up to four times. However, because the plant has stopped full production following the lack of patronage, the final approval of SON has been put on hold.”

Lawal said MEMMCOL produced meters in line with the standard transfer specification, noting that that this allows other meters to communicate or interface with one another.

Other meter manufacturers at the meeting said that while Nigeria meters passed through environmental tests of humidity, temperature and heat, foreign manufactured meters did not pass through such rigour, stressing that Nigerian manufactured meters were better than imported ones, according to local media reports.