By Modupe Gbadeyanka
Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOS) in Nigeria have expressed their readiness to provide free electricity to consumers in the country for two months as being proposed by the House of Representatives.
Spokesman for the discos, Mr Sunday Oduntan, disclosed in a statement on Thursday that the energy suppliers are also completely aligned with the plans to ensure palliative measures for the citizens.
Mr Oduntan, who is the Executive Director in charge of Research & Advocacy at the Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED), said the discos recognises the challenging effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the economic and daily lives of our customers.
“In fulfilment of our commitments to the nation, we hereby align ourselves with the efforts of the National Assembly and the Federal Executive to mitigate the hardships that are currently being borne by our customers and other citizens all over the country,” he said.
The spokesman commended “the federal legislators, the executive arm and the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) for their initiative and we are committed to working with them to ensure more efficient power supply within this difficult period, as the nation battles with the ravages of COVID-19.”
“We are also completely aligned with the plans to ensure palliative measures, including free electricity supply to all Nigerians for two months, to make life easier, during the lockdown period. Details of implementation to come soon,” he said.
“Again, as a key utility player in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI), we hereby reiterate our commitment to improving service delivery to the nation during this pandemic period and thereafter,” he added.
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