EKEDC Partners Mojec To Roll Out Prepaid Meters To Customers

By Bolaji Abimbola

Lagos, Nigeria---Eko Electricity Distribution CompanyPlc (EKEDC) is set to commence a large roll out of smart prepaid meters to its customers in partnership with Mojec International Limited, Nigeria’s leading indigenous Smart Meters manufacturing company.

This was made know recently by the management of Eko Electricity Distribution Company Plc (EKEDC) during a tour of its Central Store located at Ijora Olapa Area of Lagos State to inspect the thousands of Mojec smart prepaid meters in stock and ready for immediate deployment to yearning customers.

According to the Managing Director, Electricity Distribution Company Plc (EKEDC), Engineer Oladele Amoda, the DISCO is ready under the new meter roll out plan to ensure that all customers within its network are provided with smart prepaid meters in line with the objective to ensure that both old and unmetered customers within its network are adequately metered.

“This new prepaid meters roll out plan is a massive one, as you can see, we have several thousands of smart meters in our store and our engineers have already commenced installation to the customers. We want to assure all our customers that we would not relent in our effort to ensure all customers are provided with prepaid meters with a few month” he said.

Amoda assured the customers of the company’s commitment to completely eradicate estimated billings which he noted, is one of the major issues in customers dissatisfaction and distrust of the DISCO’s under the old PHCN. He also restated the DISCOs resolve to constantly improve the reliability of the distribution network and enhance consumer’s satisfaction.

He further commended Mojec International Limited for its resolve and commitment as a trusted partner to the utility as well as its provision of world-class quality meters, which are now being deployed to customers.

Also speaking at the event, the Managing Director, Mojec International Limited, Ms. Chantelle Abdul, explained that Mojec International prepaid meters are of international standard and are tropicalized for the Nigeria environment to withstand the weather condition such as temperature, humidity, meter tampering and energy theft.

Ms. Abdul stated that the meters manufactured in Nigeria by Indigenous companies have been specifically designed and crafted to withstand the extreme weather of time and humidity condition as well as theft situation peculiar to the Nigerian environment.

“Whereas meters produced locally are stronger and better suited for the Nigerian utilities than most of the imported meters. To build most of the meters being imported into Nigeria, Nigerian companies had to give feedback to foreign manufacturers to produce meters suitable for the Nigerian environment while meters deployed in Nigeria are made specifically for the Nigerian market.

Fielding question from the media on the quality Assurance measures put in place by Mojec to ensure that meters meets requisite standards, She explained that the quality process of Mojec ensures that products are put through different stages of random testing and calibration during the production process and are later sent to the Meter Testing Stations under EMSL for further testing.

“Mojec range of smart prepaid meters are pretested and confirmed to be of the best quality before they are deployed into the field across Nigeria. This is why all our meters are certified for optimal performance and we provide a 10-year warranty on all meters made by Mojec. At Mojec, we deliberately set a very higher quality standard for ourselves with about 25 per cent above the industry standard” She said.

Ms. Abdul commended Eko Electricity Distribution Company Plc (EKEDC)for the confidence it repose in Mojec International Limited on the quality of its meters and for the bold step taking in the industry to eliminate estimated billing and ensure that all its customers are metered. She the pledged her company’s support and commitment to the EKEDC in its quest to ensure that Eko Disco rolls out over 100,000 meters to customers by the close of 2016.