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Power minister pledges transparency in metering system

Nigeria’s Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu has assured Nigerians that the Federal Government will leave no stone unturned when it comes to transforming all three segments of the power sector value chain from power generation to transmission and power distribution.

He also pledged to ensure all households and businesses are properly metered.

Adelabu stated this in Okene, Central senatorial district of Kogi State when he commissioned a 60MVA, 132/33kV power transformer within the Okene Transmission Substation.

The project which was awarded on the 6th of March 2023 under the Presidential Power Initiative was aimed at improving power supply to parts of Kogi, Edo, and Ondo states.

While commissioning the project, the Minister explained that a similar project has been completed in Yobe, FCT, Ogun, and Delta States.

He added that a 100MVA Power Transformer has been installed in Ihovbor, Edo state.

He added that the Federal Government is increasing the power generation capacity as well as reviving the abandoned Hydropower plants to ensure adequate power distribution to Nigerians.

He said, “We are almost done with the pilot projects and we are not stopping. It’s a time for solutions and execution. We have gone past the era of lamentation and complaints. We need action because until everyone switches on the light in their houses and they see it, Nigeria is yet to have light”.

“We want to ensure that every household and business premise is metered so that when you are billed, there is transparency, accountability, and credibility in the amount of money being paid and not guesswork so that nobody is cheating anybody.

“We want to eliminate the hitch meter gap that we have for households and businesses. We have a presidential metering initiative that has also started working which has been funded generously. We will start seeing the results”.

“We are not going to Indulge any disco that is found wanting in quality service delivery. I have suggested that the discos should be structured along state lines so that state governments will know the discos that are responsible to their states”.

The Project Coordinator and Managing Director of FGN Power Company, Kenny Anuwe stated that the project was in line with improving the electricity condition in the country.

He explained that the 60MVA power transformer will increase power transmission in the area by over 40 per cent.

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