Technical partners from China, Pakistan and India have arrived Akwa Ibom State to conclude arrangement for the take-off of a Meter Manufacturing Company, Metering Solutions Manufacturing Services Limited (MSMSL) which ground breaking was performed last year December at Awa – Iman, Onna Local Government Area.
Interacting with Government House correspondents after a brief meeting with the State Governor, Mr Udom Emmanuel, at Government House, Uyo, 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 and attributed its establishment to the passion for making electricity available and affordable in the state by Governor Udom Emmanuel stating that electricity holds the key to industralisation which the State Governor seeks to put in place for his people.
Mr. Loohang explained that Metering Solutions Manufacturing Services Limited is a conglomerate of several companies which would partner to proffer solution to problems arising from electricity generation and distribution.
He added that the company, when operational, will produce single phase and three phase electricity meters in various configurations and mountings, 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 he said, is 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.
He assured that the Firm would help electricity distribution companies to check theft, nonpayment, unreliable billing, consumer resistance, loss of revenue, and also ensure availability of Nigeria-based products which are of high quality and accessible to its customers, in addition to creating High Tech, non oil related employment thereby making a strong contribution to economic uplift of the region.
Also, the Commissioner for Investment, Commerce and Industry, Barrister Emmanuel Enoidem, noted that the meeting has lend credence to the viability of the project and assured that the first product would hit the market in the first quarter of the year.
The Investment Commissioner said that first batch of the 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 and lauded the visionary leadership of Governor Udom Emmanuel whom he said has lived up to his new name, Mr industrialisation.