Published On: Tue, Sep 22nd, 2015

Auto electronics call for improved electricity supply

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AEDC AbujaSome auto electronincs technicians, who specialize on car battery charging, operating in Bwari Area Council of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have called the government to improve electricity supply and ease access to loan, to promote business growth in the nation’s capital.

Two of the operators, who spoke on behalf of their colleagues, made the call in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recently in Bwari.

A car battery operator, Andrew Chijioke said that the lack of constant electricity and inability to access soft loans often posed a challenge.

Chijioke told NAN that although he pays his electricity bill regularly, the additional cost of constant use of a generating set was affecting his income generation negatively.

He, therefore, appealed to the government to boost power supply and create opportunities for small businesses such as his, to access loans.

“We have some challenges in doing the business; the most pressing challenge is lack of electricity, because the business requires constant light and we don’t always have that.

“Sometimes, we stay without light for one week, thank God for the provision of small generator, but the cost of powering it is another thing.

“Another challenge we are having is capital; to access it is very difficult, you go to bank they will tell you to bring this or that, or collateral, before they can give you funds.

“Capital is another thing that is hindering our business to grow; if government can look into it, may be banks can give us soft loans, without demanding much interest.

“In a month, I get up to N30,000; I will encourage people to venture into the business; it is an alternative source of income; it is profitable, and if you are sincere in doing the business, at least from it, you can make your daily income,“ he stressed.

Similarly, an auto-electrician, Okechukwu Okoye, advised people who want to do the business to invest more money in order to make profit.

“There are batteries that people brought here for charging for four days now, but there is no light.

“In order to please them, I have to buy fuel and start my generator to charge their batteries.

“So that is a big problem to us; we don’t always have constant light in this area; sometimes they will flash the light for 30 minutes and that will be the end for two days.

“We complained, they are still promising, yet they have not done anything to address it.

“If you can get money to buy batteries, in case some one’s car has battery problem, he or she can always purchase from you and that will help, rather than rely on charging alone”, Okoye noted.

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