Power: FG Assures Adequate Provision Of Meters To End Estimated Billing

The Federal Government has assured the provision of adequate meters to end the estimated billing method in the power sector.

Minister of Power, Chief Adebayo Adelabu, gave the assurance at the commissioning of the 181MW Geometric Power plant in Aba, Abia State.

Chief Adelabu who expressed satisfaction with the project’s completion and commissioning under his watch, reassured Nigerians that the era of estimated billing would soon come to an end, as the government strives to provide adequate meters for citizens.

The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Communications, Stanley Nkwocha in a statement on Monday quoted
Adelabu as saying that the Aba Power Project was a crucial initiative arising from the need to support the traders of Ariaria International Market and the entire state with a reliable power supply.

“The Light Up South-East initiative aims to address major challenges plaguing Nigeria’s electricity sector, particularly the persistent infrastructure constraints within transmission and distribution networks,”

The minister emphasized that addressing these issues is fundamental to achieving stable, reliable, and uninterrupted electricity supply.

“We want to ensure a seamless operation of the entire value chain, from generation to distribution,” the minister added, promising continued dedication of the Light Up Nigeria Initiative in providing steady power to the South East business community.

The Minister also urged residents in the Southeast region to avoid vandalizing power infrastructure and actively work towards resolving lingering right-of-way issues that hinder the installation of crucial infrastructure.

Also speaking, the Executive Governor of Abia State, Alex Otti expressed gratitude to the federal government for supporting the private sector’s involvement in improving the country’s electricity supply.

He spoke during the commissioning of the 181MW Geometric Power plant in Aba, Abia State, by Vice President Kashim Shettima, as part of activities marking the launch of the Light Up Nigeria South East Initiative.

The governor expressed gratitude for the collaboration, acknowledging the 20-year journey of the project and its significance in meeting the state’s energy demands.

He lauded the involvement of financial institutions, including First Bank, former Diamond Bank, and Afrexim Bank, in bringing the project to fruition.

Otti urged residents to take ownership and responsibility for protecting all power infrastructure within their communities. Echoing Governor Otti’s sentiments, Chief Barth Nnaji, a former Minister of Power and Chairman/CEO of Geometrics Power Group, thanked President Bola Tinubu’s administration’s focus on enhancing nationwide electricity supply.

Dignitaries at the occasion included Deputy Governor of Abia State, Engr Ikechukwu Lekwachi Emetu; Senator representing Anambra South, Chief Ifeanyi Uba; former Governor of Imo State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, and other members of the National Assembly from the state, among others.

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