Nigerians can be prepared to enjoy free electricity due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, according to the 11 electricity distribution companies in the country. This would help cushion the effect the lockdown has had on the population.
This was made known in a statement released by the spokesperson for the distribution companies (DisCos), Sunday Oduntan to Nigerians on Wednesday.
The details of this plan would be made public to Nigerians soon, according to the executive director of research and advocacy association of Nigerian electricity distributors (ANED).
Mr Sunday Oduntan said, “The Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOS) recognise the challenging effects of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on the economic and daily lives of our customers,
“In fulfilment 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.
“We commend 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.
“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.”