07 November 2017, Sweetcrude, Lagos – Kaduna Electricity Distribution Plc has signed an agreement with three companies, Electricity Meter Company of Nigeria, EMCON; Messrs. Marks & Adams Investment Limited, and Holley Meters Ltd to supply 200,000 pre-paid meters to its customers across the four states of its operations. The project will cost $45 million (N14.1 billion).
In separate ceremonies at the company’s headoffice in Kaduna, the Managing Director/CEO of Kaduna Electric, Engineer Garba Haruna, disclosed that the three companies will supply 100,000 meters in the first tranche with a 90-day delivery time while the second tranche will see to the delivery of additional 100,000 meters.
He revealed that Kaduna Electric entered into the vendor-financed agreement with the three companies to help bridge the huge metering gap inherited by the power distribution company or Disco. “The effort is one of our various initiatives of boosting customer confidence and satisfaction,” he said.
He charged the meters manufactures and vendors to live up to the terms of the contract and ensure that all meters to be supplied meet the industry’s international standard and the specifications of the Nigerian Electricity
“The report received so far from the customers’ enumeration and asset mapping exercise we started last year indicated that we have a potential for four million customers in our franchise area which covers Kaduna, Kebbi, Sokoto and Zamfara States. As such, 200,000 meters is just the starting point. There is opportunity for long term business relationship.
“I therefore urge you to comply with the terms of the agreement and ensure that all meters to be supplied meet international standard and the specifications of the regulators”, he stated.
He appealed to the prospective beneficiaries of the meter and all customers of the company to protect the integrity of the meters by avoiding tampering and any form of bypass. He also urged customers to cooperate with installers and its personnel in the course of the metering projects.