Minister of Works, Housing and Power, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, in Kano said he will use tough approach to overcome the lingering power outage affecting the country.
Speaking while launching the mass meter deployment of Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDCO), Fashola said Nigeria would soon address the problems of power outage.
“We are in tough situation in the power sector, but we will soon see the end of it because we are also tough people. We must work hard to end the problems associated with electricity,” he said.
The minister, however, called on the electricity companies to patronize locally made meters.
“I have visited a meter manufacturing company in Lagos recently and the types of meters that I saw there were the same meters our electricity distribution companies are importing. So business wise, it would be good for the country if we can patronize our local goods,” he said.
He explained that going by the current fluctuation of foreign exchange patronizing our local goods will boost our economy.
He pointed out that the installation of the new meters will cost KEDCO N500m, saying the commitment shown by KEDCO would pave way for other distribution companies to also follow suit.
He said while the Abuja electricity distribution company indicated its plan for mass meter deployment, KEDCO has done it practically.
Earlier, the Managing Director of KEDCO, Alhaji Jamilu Gwamna, said the company ordered for 100,000 pieces of pre-paid meters for onward distribution to customers in Kano, Katsina and Jigawa states.
Gwamna explained that so far the company has received 63,000 meters, while the balance would be ready before end of this year.
“Our plan is to make KEDCO the best valuable electricity company in Nigeria by 2030. We want deliver best services to our customers,” he said.