Eko Electricity Distribution Company, one of the Nigerian electricity distribution companies, has asked its customers to pay March 2020 bills, as the proposed electricity stimulus bill is still being worked out.
The country’s House of Representatives, led by the Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila, had proposed a free electricity stimulus bill that will see consumers enjoy electricity without payment for two months.
The proposed palliative was commended by the DisCos who agreed to provide free electricity only if the government would fund it.
But in a statement by the General Manager, Corporate Communications, Godwin Idemudia, EKEDC could not tell which months the stimulus package would cover and the category of customers the government seeks to fund, as deliberations are ongoing.
He said, “We acknowledge the laudable collaborative efforts of the Federal Government and the National Assembly to provide free electricity to Nigerians as part of its intended fiscal stimulus to cushion the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on Nigerians.
“It is, however, important to note that while this is a welcome development, no decision has been reached on the proposal. For the avoidance of doubt, the two months of free electricity is a legislative proposal and is still under consideration by stakeholders.
“The details of the proposal are still being worked upon and we are unable to immediately project which two months will be covered or which category of customers will benefit from the proposed intervention.”
Currying customers’ support to enable the DisCo to serve them, Idemudia said customers should take advantage of payment channels online to settle their obligations.
“We are asking that our customers continue to support us to sustain our improved service by making use of our various online payment channels for the immediate settlement of bills. Our channels are also fully open for enquiries and resolution of complaints,” he added.