By Etuka Sunday
The Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED) has announced it’s aligning with the federal government and NASS efforts to provide free electricity for two months as a palliative for the effects of the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic on Nigerian electricity consumers.
The Executive Director, Research & Advocacy, ANED,
& Spokesman for all the DisCos, Barr Sunday Oduntan in a statement said, the association however, wishes to make further clarifications as follows: that,
“The energy to be supplied for the 2 months is not free from the DisCos but is being paid for by the federal government, in partnership with the National Assembly;
“As such, *the ability for the DisCos to go forward is subject to the stimulus package being passed by the National Assembly and signed into law by Mr. President;* and
“While this palliative seeks to mitigate the economic challenges that Nigerians are being subjected to during this COVID-19 period, it is our hope that we not lose sight of the no-cost reflective tariff challenges that the DisCos continue to suffer under,” ANED said.
The association said, “regardless, we laud Mr. President, members of his government and the National Assembly for this initiative.
“The DisCos issued the clarification due to questions that have arisen around how the cost that will accumulate will be absorbed in the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry (NESI),” the statement said.