Minister of Power, Works and Housing Mr Babatunde Fashola, has urged electricity distribution companies to patronise local meter manufacturers as they carry out mass metering of their customers across the country.
Speaking at the 6th Power and Stakeholders’ Monthly Meeting held on Monday in Kano State, the Minister said the patronage of local manufacturers would help to avoid foreign exchange problem associated with the importation of meters.
He stressed that it would greatly save cost if made in Nigeria meters were patronised, pointing out that it is of same quality with the imported ones.
Commenting on the low supply of power currently being witnessed across Nigeria, Fashola told reporters that the activities of the Niger Delta Avengers had dropped power generation from 5,000 to about 3,000 megawatts.
“As of today, Nigeria rely only on hydro power from Jabba and other formations whose gas is not totally out,” he said.
The militant group in Niger Delta region have claimed responsibility for most attacks on oil facilities in the region, crippling exploration activities.