Federal Government Initiates N40 Billion Mass Metering Project Across Army Barracks Nationwide

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The Federal Government has launched a N40 billion mass metering project targeting Nigerian Army formations across the country.

Spearheaded by the Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu, this initiative marks a pivotal step in ending the era of estimated billings and ensuring accurate electricity consumption assessments.

Addressing attendees at the flag-off ceremony held at the headquarters of the 9th Brigade of the Nigerian Army in Ikeja military cantonment, Minister Adelabu underscored the importance of this endeavor in prioritizing reliable power supply to army formations nationwide.

Emphasizing President Bola Tinubu’s commitment to revitalizing the energy sector, he highlighted the project’s role in advancing the administration’s renewed hope agenda.

The mass metering project, slated to be executed in phases, commences with the Ikeja cantonment as the inaugural phase.

He added that the exercise would be conducted in phases, with the Ikeja cantonment as the inaugural phase, and specified that the current phase would span six weeks before the commencement of the second phase.

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Moreso,Minister Adelabu revealed that N12.7 billion has been allocated for the current phase, with a comprehensive plan to extend coverage to all military formations across the country.

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Accompanied by the Commander, Maj. Gen. A.M Adetuyi, and Engineer Ashade Olatunbosun, the Chief Executive Officer of De Haryor Global Services overseeing the metering project, the Minister emphasized that the ongoing initiative aligns with President Bola Tinubu’s renewed hope agenda, aiming to secure consistent electricity supply to army formations nationwide.

The deployment of tamper-proof smart meters, equipped with user-friendly features including consumption monitoring via a dedicated app, ensures accountability and minimizes energy theft.

Furthermore, these meters facilitate seamless integration between the grid and off-grid solar power sources, aligning with the government’s broader energy blueprint to enhance resilience and sustainability.

Also,Engineer Ashade Olatunbosun, CEO of De Haryor Global Services overseeing the metering project, highlighted plans for the second phase to commence simultaneously in Abuja and Enugu.

Military formations under the purview of 11 Distribution Companies (DISCOs) are set to benefit from this transformative initiative, ensuring uninterrupted power supply to barracks nationwide.

Expressing gratitude for the timely intervention, Maj. General Adetuyi commended the federal government’s efforts in addressing longstanding challenges of erratic power supply and estimated billing.

He added: “When I investigated, I found out that we were only being given three hours of electricity daily and on some days, we do not even get supplied. We have tried to resolve this and we have even involved the state government without any result. We also discovered that we were always being given estimated bills, though we would not have minded if the power supply had been regular. However, this commendable metering project has gladdened our heart”.

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