Port Harcourt — The Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, PHED, has assured that it will comply with the distribution of a two-month free electricity supply to Nigerians, when the government has finalised modalities on implementation.
Recall that the Speaker of House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, had proposed a two-month free electricity supply to Nigerians to cushion the excruciating effects of the nationwide lockdown occasioned by the outbreak of COVID-19.
The Discos, under the aegis of the Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors, ANED, had supported the scheme but on the condition that the federal government should pick the bill for the two-month free electricity supply.
Similarly, the Port Harcourt Disco, which also threw its weight behind the proposal, explained that they were awaiting the official directive from the relevant government agency on implementation.
Manager, Corporate Communications, PHED, Mr John Onyi, however, urged customers to pay their electricity bill pending the final decision from the government.
“PHED wishes to state categorically that it supports the above publication in line with the suggestion by the leadership of the National Assembly to our Customers in Rivers, Akwa Ibom,Cross River and Bayelsa States as a palliative arising from the Covid 19 pandemic.
“However, customers should note that the proposal is still under deliberation by all relevant stakeholders with a view to mapping out modalities on implementation.
“While we await the official directive from the relevant Government Agency, PHED as a responsible organisation, will not hesitate to comply accordingly.
“Meanwhile, our operations will continue as usual and customers are advised to pay their electricity bill pending the final decision from the government.
“Once again, we will strive to serve our customers satisfactorily as promised. Stay safe and practice social distancing.”