In a bid to create employment opportunities in the power industry, the Electricity Meters Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (EMMAN) have made it known that the new Meter Assets Regulation (MAP) policy in the sector would go a long way to give room for massive employment.
The Executive Secretary of EMMAN, Muideen Ibrahim, in a statement issued in Lagos after a meeting with indigenous meter manufacturers, disclosed that aside from creating job opportunities, it would also ensure the transfer of technology to Nigeria as well as enhance Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs) among others.
According to him, the implementation of the local content should be followed as enshrined in the MAP regulations, which will enable the local electricity meter manufacturers to be engaged. In his words, “The meter manufactures would ensure production of meters to capacity, utilise their resources very well and adequately. Not only that, it will enable them to employ more Nigerians from the teeming unemployed in the country.”
The EMMAN scribe commended the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) for the timely passage of MAP. He expressed the association’s gratitude to Babatunde Fashola, the Minister of Power, Works and Housing for his concern and commitment towards addressing the metering gap in the sector.
Ibrahim noted that “This is indeed a step in the right direction and will no doubt bridge the metering gap soonest if the MAP regulations are well harnessed. We are indeed very grateful to NERC for the local content initiative as enshrined in the regulations.” The EMMAN boss implored NERC to ensure that MAP regulations are strictly monitored for effective performance by all parties involved. “Our candid advice is that all the parties involved in this new initiative should cooperate with one another.”
It will be recalled that the Commissioner, Legal, Licensing and Compliance of NERC, Dafe Akpeneye, had earlier explained that the policy will be responsible for providing meters to customers, among other functions. Akpeneye was of the view that the main objective of the regulations was to provide standard rules to encourage the development of independent and competitive meter services in the electricity supply industry and eliminate estimated billing. The provisions of the regulations are to be enforced by NERC from 3rd of April.