Prepaid meters
Prepaid meters

National Coordinator, Nigeria-China Business Council, Mr. Mattew Uwakwe has called on the federal government to ban the importation of prepaid meters to pave way for indigenous production of the device to boost the economy.
Uwakwe, made the call yesterday in an interview with Nigerian Pilot in Abuja, noted that nation would benefit more if it was to manufacture pre-paid meters locally and not import them.
According to him, “I want to use this medium to urge the federal government to as a matter of urgency stop the importation of pre-paid meters into the country to give room for the mass local production in Nigeria especially now that we are diversify the economy”.
The national coordinator noted that, “ if you are giving some people licence to manufacture pre-paid meters and they are manufacturing, how come you will at the same time give people licence to import pre-paid meters as it is more beneficial to manufacture those things than to import them”.
He said, “When people go to import pre-paid meters, some of them come back with substandard products”.
Adding that, “when it is manufactured in Nigeria – and we have our own youths, who have been trained – they (manufacturers) will follow the guidelines and manufacture them according to the standard.’’
Uwakwe said Skyrun Industrial Company Limited that manufactures prepaid meters in the country had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with some state government to produce such meters for their states.
He then advised that other states should collaborate with the company to produce prepaid meters.
He explained that Skyrun is a public company in China, developing, producing and handling raw pharmaceutical materials and intermediates.
Uwakwe said in the next three to four years, all the raw materials used for the manufacturing of prepaid meters would be sourced within the country.
The expert added that the in issuing operating licence to no company can start immediately getting the 100 percent raw materials in Nigeria; they will start with assembling then will go to manufacturing.
“Even as they are assembling now, they are sourcing for some raw materials but the major raw materials are being brought in.
“After three years or fours, they will now go into full sourcing of all the raw materials here in Nigeria.’’
According to him, another batch will leave Nigeria in September, 2016 to undergo a similar training in electricity transformer assembling in China.
It would be recalled that in 2015, nine young Nigerians went to China to improve their skills in modern technology, pertaining to energy and prepaid meters.
The nine youths sponsored by the council, in partnership with Skyru have concluded the training in electricity meter assembling in China and have been offered automatic employment by the company.
He added that these are experts that have been trained that the government could use in the mass manufacturing of these meters to boost the economy.

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