If there is any reason anyone wouldn’t want to use electricity in Nigeria, it would be for lack of electricity meters.

Most Nigerians lament that electricity companies are stealing from them by making them pay for electricity that is not supplied.

Unfortunately, the electricity companies have been reluctant to supply the metres. So, the government then had to create a process that allows private individuals under the Metre Asset Providers scheme to supply the metres.

The minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola said 108 of those firms have been approved to supply the electricity meters.

It wasn’t clear if this was just a campaign soundbite since the minister said this in Lagos during a neighborhood campaign for the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari.

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He told voters at his ward that the deployment of the firms for the meter asset providers (MAPs) scheme will end estimated billing and improve power supply.

“It is the solution of our government by the president to intervene in the metering gaps, people were licensed as Gencos and Discos,” the minister said.

“Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has made the regulations around which it will work; 108 companies, small businesses that will also create employment because those companies are now going to be the suppliers of meters.”

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