A new electricity meter company in Akwa Ibom would commence production before the end of March as technical partners from China, Pakistan and India have arrived the state in readiness for its take off.
The ground breaking of the meter manufacturing company, Metering Solutions Manufacturing Services Limited, MSMSL, was performed in December last year at Awa – Iman, ONNA Local Government Area by Governor Udom Emmanuel.
Interacting with correspondents after a brief meeting with Emmanuel at Government House, Uyo yesterday the spokesperson to the Metering Manufacturing plant, Mr. Zhang Loohang, said that the company which has just arrived Africa is cited in Akwa Ibom because of its strategic location in the Gulf of Guinea.
Loohang said that the company would strive to make electricity affordable to people in the area as it has remained the key to industrialisation which the State Government has continued to seek to put in place for its people.
He explained that the company is a conglomerate of several companies which would partner to proffer solution to problems arising from electricity generation and distribution.
“When operational the company will produce single phase and three phase electricity meters in various configurations and mountings including light weight, slim skeletal, compact meters for pole top installation, prepayment type meters, split type electricity meters, standard one unit electricity meters, bulk electricity meters, maximum demand meters and smart electricity meters.
“The company which is also designed as a high technology hub for production, testing and servicing of electricity Meters and allied products has room for expansion in a modular fashion for additional production lines to develop and assemble various models of electricity meters and accessories in the future.” He explained.
He assured that the firm would help electricity distribution companies to check theft, nonpayment, unreliable billing, consumer resistance, lost of revenue, and also ensure availability of Nigeria-based products which are of high quality and accessible to its customers.
In addition Loohang said it would also create High Tech, non oil related employment thereby making a strong contribution to economic growth of the region.
In a remark, Commissioner for Investment, Commerce and Industry, Barrister Emmanuel Enoidem, noted that the meeting has lent credence to the viability of the project and assured that the first product would hit the market in the first quarter of the year.
Enoidem further stated that the first batch of employees would be sent to China and Pakistan for training on the operations of the industry, adding that arrangements have been concluded for industries which ground breaking were performed last year to commence construction.

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