Civil society Organizations (EDOCSOs) have backed the Nigerian government plan in conjunction with 11 electricity distribution companies (DisCos) to provide a two-month rebate of free electricity to their customers nationwide.
In a statement issued on Thursday by the Spokesman of EDOCSO’s, Leftist Osazee Edigin, described the move as commendable.
He said the development “shows somewhat level of sensitivity by the government and the DISCOs on the plight of the citizens in this trying moment (Covid-19 lockdown)”.
The executive director of research and advocacy, Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED), the umbrella body of the DisCos, on Wednesday, assured that the initiative to mitigate the hardship of Nigerians during the Coronavirus pandemic.
Sunday Oduntan, spokesman of the DisCos, in a statement, said the details of the implementation will be provided soon.
“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”, he said.
Continuing, Leftist Osazee stated that “The resolution by the federal government and the distribution companies to have a two month moratorium in the payment of electricity bills by citizens is commendable. That shows somewhat level of sensitivity by the government and the DISCOs on the plight of the citizens in this trying moment.
According to EDOCSO’s Spokesman, “This is a period of sacrifice for everyone be it individuals or corporations. There is no gainsaying that the stay at home order by the government will indisputably have some economic impact on the citizens, thereby making it practically impossible for them to be able to meet with all financial commitments.
“Everybody is paying sacrifice during this period of the ravaging Coronavirus pandemic which has brought the global economy to an abrupt halt”, he said.
“The Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOS) recognise the challenging effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) on the economic and daily lives of our customers,” he said.
The plan is coming at the back of relief plan by Ghana for its citizens, which includes 50% pay raise for health workers, free water for all and constant electricity supply for three months.
TheNewspad reports that Femi Gbajabiamila, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, said the lower legislative arm was considering a second stimulus bill that will allow Nigerians to enjoy electricity for two months without paying charges.