Firm offers free smart meters to rural dwellers

An electrical and instrumentation engineering firm, PAKTIM Nigeria Limited, has disclosed plans to provide 10 per cent of electricity meters procured by Distribution Companies (DISCOS) on charity, as part of the company’s desire to impact people especially those in the rural communities.

PAKTIM is one of the first batch of companies granted the “No Objection” classification by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), a concession which offers full legal authorisation to participate in the procurement process to supply and maintain smart meters.

The Managing Director, PAKTIM Nigeria, Larry Adesida, told journalists in Lagos that prior to NERC’s launch of the Meter Asset Provider (MAP) scheme, PAKTIM had noted the challenges that various Discos had in purchasing electricity meters on a “cash-and-carry” business model.

Speaking on international business and the Nigerian energy sector, Adesida said: “Some of the factors that hinder international assistance are not limited to outdated transmission framework and policies; minimal to non-existent citizens’ recourse in the event of energy usage miscalculations; and a lack of understanding on the need for speedy deliverables and provision of services.

He said the company’s mission is to “collaborate with Discos in providing electricity meters for all customers, improved infrastructural framework; introduce transparency in energy purchase and usage; and a cohesive working relationship between the decision makers and PAKTIM’s management to provide and manage projects for the overall benefit of the energy sector.”

Adesida appealed to the Federal Government to initiate a process for the prosecution anyone who bypassed or tampered with a smart meter, or using energy illegally.
PAKTIM is set up to provide electrical and instrumentation engineering services to a wide range of energy sector clients.

The company is positioned to assist both private and public sector clients to plan, develop, design, construct, operate and maintain critical assets.

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