February 15, 2011 - The Garki Model Market in Abuja would soon have pre-paid electricity meters, an official of the market told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja.

The market has been without electricity since January 2010 because of a N23.7 million debt owed the PHCN.

Innocent Amaechina, head, corporate affairs, Abuja Markets Management Ltd. (AMML), managers of the market, told NAN that arrangements had reached advanced stages for the installation of the meters.

“We are looking for a lasting solution and that is why PHCN is partnering with us to see that prepaid meters are brought in. It will be pay as you go. Your billing will be independent of mine, so that if you don’t pay, it will not affect mine,” Mr. Amaechina said.
He also said plans were on to offset outstanding debts.

“Graciously, PHCN offered that the debt be spread over months, so that the burden will not be so much on the traders. So, as you are paying your current bill, you are also making provision for the outstanding debt,” he said.

NAN reports that traders in the market had been depending on power generators since 2010 when they had been at loggerheads with the traders association on the one hand and the AMML on the other.