The Management of BEDC Electricity Plc (BEDC) has reiterated that the proposed free electricity supply to all Nigerians for 2 months to make life easier during the Coronavirus (CIVID-19) pandemic is yet to be implemented and as such customers should continue to pay their bills.
This was in reaction to news making the round that some customers in part of its coverage states of Delta, Edo, Ekiti and Ondo states were engaging the services of electricians to reconnect after being disconnected for non-payment of electricity bills on the excuse that Federal Government has promised free electricity.
According to BEDC, no decision has been taken by the federal government on the proposal, while nobody is sure of the date of implementation, stressing that electricity supply to customers presently is not free.
In a release forwarded to newsmen, BEDC says prepaid customers need to vend energy token to avoid service disruption when they run out of energy units, while postpaid customers need to settle outstanding bills to avoid disconnection.
“This is so because if the free electricity palliative measure is approved, it will not cover the past bills. 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 measure is eventually not approved,” BEDC said further.
The distribution company assures customers that it shall continue to provide quality service across its touch points and improve availability of electricity supply to alleviate the hardship faced by customers during the coronavirus pandemic period.
BEDC pointed out that it was in view of the need to ease the hardship that it has increased significantly power availability to several customers in some locations across its franchise states, while suspending the rotational load management schedule for power supply.
It pointed out that last month residential customers consumed the largest chunk of electricity supply to BEDC from the national grid, from total supply average. Residential customers benefited the most as the lockdown prevented commercial and industrial customers from opening shop hence their consumption were diverted to households across the franchise areas.
BEDC Management says it completely aligns with the plans to ensure palliative measures including free electricity supply to all Nigerians for 2 months to make life easier, during the lockdown period due to the Coronavirus (COVID 19) pandemic. It appealed to customers to continue to pay their bills as the status quo remains pending further directive on the proposed free electricity proposal.
It enjoined customers to pay their bills noting that anybody caught in the act of illegal reconnection will be arrested and prosecuted in line with existing electricity regulations.