Racketeering Slows Down 6m Mass Metering Project - THE ENCOUNTER NEWS


Friday, October 15, 2021

Racketeering Slows Down 6m Mass Metering Project

ABUJA - Despite the promise of free meters under the National Mass Metering Programme (NMMP) announced by the federal government in 2020, electricity consumers are still finding it difficult to obtain meters, whether free or paid for, as massive racketeering is putting a drag on the scheme.

LEADERSHIP findings have revealed that one year after the scheme was flagged off, only 750,000 meters have so far been procured and deployed.

It was discovered that officials of distribution companies who should give out the meters have turned the scheme to a racketeering operation, issuing meters to consumers who are able to provide the highest kickbacks even after paying for the meters.

Meanwhile, a major crisis is staring at Nigeria’s unstable electricity industry following independent gas producers’ threat to cut gas supply to the sector.

LEADERSHIP independently uncovered a discussion among the producers that exporting their produced gas appears to be the only profitable option following the decision of the federal government to cap gas price supplied to the sector.

As part of the process to stabilize the sector, the government has taken various measures to encourage investments in energy efficiency through policies, strategies and support provisions.

On the meter racketeering, experiences are rife of many consumers who have paid,yet their meters were not forthcoming.

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