NOVEMBER 27, 2014 By Ibrahim Tarawallie
As part of the IDB and Energy Access projects, the Minister of Energy and Power yesterday handed over three thousand (3,000) prepaid meters and two vending stations to the National Power Authority (NPA).
Energy Minister Henry O. Macauley stated that the meters would help in curtailing and cushioning the high demand for meters by customers, while the vending stations would help prevent leakages and commercial losses which sometimes arise due to the ineffectiveness of the system and human tampering.
According to him, because of high demand for prepaid maters, they agreed with the suppliers to airlift the aforementioned number of meters.
“The meters are user-friendly and they are meant to be used by customers to help regulate their expenditures. The revenue management system will help in capturing customers’ data when they purchase meters,” he said and stressed that the presentation of the equipment was a demonstration of their commitment to deliver affordable and sustainable electricity to the entire populace.
Ambassador Macauley ended by emphasizing team work as essential to the success of the ministry, and commended the World Bank and African Development Bank (AfDB) for providing the funds to purchase the items.
Receiving the items on behalf of the NPA, acting Director-General of Electrical Distribution and Supply Authority (EDSA), Alhaji Timbo, thanked the minister for the meters and vending stations because, according to him, they had run short of prepaid meters for the past two years.