The Special Adviser to the President on Infrastructure, Ahmed Rufai Zakar, who represented Buhari at the FGN/NLC-TUC ad-hoc committee on electricity tariff stakeholders engagement in Ibadan, Oyo State on Wednesday December 2nd, 2020, said the president understood the plight of the citizens concerning electricity availability and confirmed that prepaid electricity meters are to be distributed free of charge.
We have made it very clear through the regulators direct order as well as intervention from the Ministry of Power that the meters are to be provided to Nigerians at no cost.
Even for meters that were paid for, there is the directive from the regulator to the discos that they would need to find a way to reimburse those citizens over time.
In cases where we find any disco or disco representative selling the meters or exploiting Nigerians to be able to get meters by paying, we would take the full measures of the law.
The President has mandated that these meters must be free. We have also said that they must come from local manufacturers.
This would create jobs and revive our industry.
Through the Special Adviser, the president said any of Discos agents trying to sell prepaid meters to their customers will be strictly dealt with.
A total of six million meters, locally made, have been directed to be distributed to consumers to end high electricity tarrif as a result of estimated billing