CHINESE FIRM MOVES TO ESTABLISH PRE-PAID METER PLANT IN BAYELSA
A Chinese high-tech company, Clou, and its Nigerian partners, Jumbo Goois Global Services, are set to establish a smart pre-paid meter assembly factory in Bayelsa State.
Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Jumbo Goois Global Services, Timipre Ogoibiri, who led the delegation, disclosed this in Government House, Yenagoa, during a presentation to Governor Douye Diri on Tuesday.
Presenting the company’s plan for the proposed project, the Head of Operations, Chris Osazuwa, said the specification of the meters were unique and would meet the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) standard.
Osazuwa said the pre-paid meter was designed to function remotely, where a token can recharge the device from any location.
He also stated that the project was capable of engaging 1000 engineering and non-engineering graduates, according to a statement issued by the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr Daniel Alabrah.
While requesting the state government to provide the enabling environment for the project, he commended Governor Diri for the level of security witnessed in the state.
Osazuwa said, “At the moment, the specification of the pre-paid meter we are going to be producing for Bayelsa, only that of the Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company is close to it.
“What we have designed is similar to the type in Ghana. It is capable of blocking any revenue leakages and these meters can communicate remotely. It means you can vend from your smartphone wherever you are and it recharges.
“Our first order is about 1500 of both single and three-phase pre-paid meters. That would give us the opportunity to come and build an assembling plant here.”
Diri said his government had opened its doors to development and investment partners.
He emphasised that the only way 24-hour electricity can be sustained was for consumers to pay for their consumption.
The governor, however, frowned on the controversy over estimated billing, which he said over the years had caused friction between consumers and distributors of power.
He called on the company not to join in producing over-estimated meters but give the state a product that would give value for money.