SON raises committee on standard for electricity meters

17 February 2017, Abuja – The Standards Organisation of Nigeria has set up a committee to ensure that all electricity meters imported or assembled in Nigeria meet the standards of the International Electrotechnical Commission and the International Organisation for Standardisation.

The Director-General, SON, Mr. Osita Aboloma, disclosed this in Lagos on Thursday during the meeting of the technical committee on electrical metering standards.

Aboloma, who was represented at the meeting by the Head, Ports and Borders Operations, SON, Albert Wilberforce, said the meeting was informed by the need to make sure that electricity meters met the needs and aspirations of Nigerian consumers and electricity service providers.

He said, “We have had issues where people always complain about arbitrary charges that are being given to them by the service providers. Some complain that what they are being charged does not make sense to them, given that it is not commensurate with the service rendered.

“So, we want to adopt the internationally accepted standards in line with what obtains in the international community to meet the desires and aspirations of the Nigerian consumers as well as the manufacturers. SON is an unbiased umpire meant to protect the interest of all stakeholders in the sector.”

The Group Head, Electrical and Electronics Department of SON, Mr. Richard Adewumi, said the committee, made up of consumers, service providers and experts in the electrical sector, would deliberate on the IEC document and look at areas that could be adapted to suit the Nigerian environment.

He added that China had invented standards that were different from the IEC but noted that the operators in that country would be informed that any meter that did not meet the IEC standards would not be accepted in Nigeria.

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