15 March 2016, Enugu – The Federal Government has given marching orders to Electricity Distribution Companies, DISCOs, in the country to supply pre- paid meters to electric consumers without further delay.
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola, SAN, made this known at the end of his third monthly meeting with operators in the power sector at the Ugwuaji Transmission Station, Enugu, Monday.
Fashola said that the meeting discussed the issue of availability of gas, volatility of the foreign exchange market, financial capability of discos as well as difficulties in of pricing gas in dollars instead of the local currency among others, adding that discos must meet their responsibilities of meeting the demands of their customers to supply them with pre-paid meters to avoid estimated billings.
Earlier before the meeting, the Minister had asked the DISCOs to always engage their customers by informing them promptly about any power outage and reasons for such problems.
According to Fashola, it was not the business of the government to explain to Nigerians why certain discos were not meeting up with their responsibilities, having sold the various companies to them.
Fashola said like government was playing the same role which the Nigerian Communications Commission, NCC, was playing as regulator for the telecommunications companies adding that each of them must step out to play their roles effectively.