MAN kicks against members’ neglect in World Bank’s $155 mass metering project


The Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) has expressed concern over the impending displacement of local meter manufacturers and assemblers in phase II of the National Mass Metering Programme(NNMP).

According to the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, Segun Ajayi-Kadir, Director General of MAN, disclosed this on Thursday in Lagos in reaction to the government’s implementation process of the NMMP Phase II World Bank-funded supply of 1.2 million smart energy meters.

Saga Gist reports that the Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, had unveiled requirements for bidders to apply for the World Banks’ $155 project under the Nigeria distribution sector recovery program (DISREP) in a tender publication.

Ajayi-Kadir said the advertised financial requirements and technical specifications by the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) appeared skewed against local manufacturers.

According to him, the requirements are stringent and negate the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) guidelines for implementing NMMP and portend grave danger for the power sector.

He stressed the need to guide against a repeat of the ugly scenario in 2012, where local manufacturers were sidelined in the meter supply and the nation was greeted with substandard meters supplied by foreign companies.

“It should be recalled that our members have been denied the opportunity to fully execute the contract for the supply and installation of 4 million energy meters under Phase 1 of the NMMP scheme.

“This was due to the unrealistic terms that arbitrarily fixed the contract prices far below the approved regulatory prices of energy meters in the country.

“Additionally, the contractual terms of payment after the supply and installation of the meters have not been adhered to, thereby jeopardizing the financial capabilities of our members that participated in the scheme,” he said.

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