TCN disclaims free electricity for Nigerian consumers

* Says besides TCN, all other power value chains belong to private firms 

Isola Moses | ConsumerConnect
Despite recent positive dispositions by both the Federal Government and the Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED) to activate the free power supply to electricity consumers following approval by the National Assembly (NASS), the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has dismissed the claim that Federal Government is providing free electricity to Nigerians.

Mr. Usman Mohammed, Managing Director of TCN, who disclosed this in an interview in Abuja, FCT, Thursday, April 16, stated that Nigerian Government “does not own all sections in the power sector,” according to agency report.

Mohammed said: “There is also the information that power is going to be free, that is going to affect us because some customers who get this information may not likely pay.

“The Federal Government cannot make power free because it does not own the power.

“Apart from the transmission (TCN), which is just the transporter of electricity that belongs to the Federal Government, all the other chains are in private hands.”

According to the TCN Managing Director, this is not feasible as of now, saying, “the Federal Government is providing subsidy, and that is not coming enough as we still have huge unpaid bills.”

He observed that electricity supply services have significantly improved in the first 14 days of the lockdown across Lagos, Ogun states and Abuja, Federal Capital Territory.

Mohammed noted that what Nigeria needs to do at this stage is to sustain electricity supply to businesses, offices and homes.

“That is what we are doing, and in the last two weeks that we have been on lockdown, we have performed very well,” he said.

He, however, lamented that the ongoing lockdown might affect revenue generation for the power sector in the country.

The company (TCN) has scaled down operations to the extent that only the senior staff are working along with technical staff who run shifts, he stated.

The TCN Chief said that the company was observing all preventive measures on the COVID-19, as directed by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC).

Mohammed also commended the Federal Government for measures put in place to curtail the spread of the pandemic while advising Nigerians to abide by all directives of government to save lives.

Agency report indicates that the House of Representatives is to consider a fresh Stimulus Bill that would allow Nigerians to enjoy electricity supply for two months without any charge.

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