CBN To Provide N60bn for Mass Metering

The Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) will provide N60 billion for the first phase of its national mass metering programme, the federal government has said.

The fund will be provided for the supply of one million electricity meters meant for free distribution to unmetered power users across the country.

This was contained in a document that highlights some of the achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration in six years.

After the inauguration in August 2020 by the president in a bid to check estimated billings, there has been a nationwide rollout of electricity meters to all on-grid consumers.

The CBN is providing N60bn for the first phase, with a target of one million meter installations. So far more than 500,000 meters have been delivered to the Discos (distribution companies), and more than 280,000 installed,” the document reads.

The special adviser to the president on infrastructure, Ahmad Zakari, had in an interview said the federal government has taken delivery of 656,752 prepaid meters.

Of the total figure, Zakari said 305,962 meters have already been installed for consumers.

According to the document, the federal government said it inaugurated the Solar Power Naija programme in April 2021 to deliver five million off-grid solar connections to Nigerian households.

“The programme is expected to generate an additional N7bn increase in tax revenues per annum and $10m in annual import substitution,” the document added.

Kehinde Ogunyale

Reporting on the data-driven economy, and investigations.

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