Management of Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) Plc, has expressed readiness to abide by the proposal by the House of Representatives that Nigerians should be supplied electricity free for two months as palliative measures during the lockdown period occasioned by COVID-19.
The management, in a statement which was made available to INFO DAILY, while noting that the distribution company fully aligned with the proposal, called Nigerians’ attention to the fact that it has not been signed into law hence not binding on DISCOs yet including BEDC.
It noted that no decision has been taken by the Federal Government on it yet, adding that the date of implementation was also not sure.
“That the proposed 2 month free electricity bill mooted by the House of Representatives is not yet signed into law, as such not binding on DISCOs including BEDC for now.
“No decision has been taken by federal Government on this yet.
We are also not sure of the date of implementation.
“Electricity currently being supplied to customers is not free
Prepaid customers need to vend energy to avoid service disruption when they run out of energy units
Postpaid customers need to settle outstanding bills because if the palliative measure is approved it will not cover past bills”, the statement reads in part.
BEDC therefore appealed to customers to continue to pay their bills, stressing that the status quo remains.
The distribution company advised customers to manage their energy consumption particularly at this critical period, even as it promised to provide quality service across all its touch points and improve availability of electricity supply.
“Customers are therefore advised to manage their energy consumption at this critical period to avoid accumulating huge bills that may be difficult to pay in the event that the palliative measure is not approved.
“BEDC assures customers that it shall continue to provide quality service across all its touch points and improve availability of electricity supply to alleviate the hardship of our esteemed customers during this difficult times”, the statement further read.
Recall the House of Representatives had consider a Stimulus Bill that will ensure that Nigerians get free electricity supply for two months.
A statement by Lanre Lasisi, the House of Representatives speaker’s spokesperson, had said the bill became necessary considering electricity as a commodity consumed by every household, has a greater effect on the people even at this lockdown period.