The minister of power works, and housing, Babatunde Fashola  Photo: Twitter

By Victor Ernest with agency report

The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, says the Federal Government will intervene in the prepaid meter issue with provision of three million meters.

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The intervention followed the incapacity of Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) to meter all the houses of consumers across the country.

Fashola disclosed that the government had in 2003 awarded contract for the meters but they were not supplied.

”I inherited it, they were in court and I am trying to take it out of the court so that we can settle and start the supply,” he said.

The former Lagos State Governor said metering houses in the country was facing some challenges as there was no accurate database of actual consumers.

”There is a database of six million households; it is a faulty base because we have more than six million households in the country.

”There are four types of consumers – R1 (poorest consumer), R2, R3 and maximum demand consumers — and they are not on the same plan.

”DISCOs need to go into these houses, do an audit to determine the type of meters to install.

”If you have a wrong meter, you will pay wrong price or bill. A meter is both a safety device and a measuring device; it can under read or over read or cause fire if not properly installed.

”But essentially, the DISCOs must provide meters, it is only fair and let the consumer manage his consumption and billing system because he has a meter,” Fashola said.