Following the Federal government’s directive to lockdown the country in order to battle the spread of Covid-19, otherwise known as Coronavirus, the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, PHED, on Saturday, April 11, has revealed that there are no plans to offer two months free electricity to customers as palliative to cushion the effect of Coronavirus lockdown.
PHED, however, said it welcomed the suggestion as proposed by the leadership of the National Assembly and supported by power companies.
John Onyi, Corporate Communications Manager, gave the explanation in a statement on Saturday.
He said PHED “supports the idea of free electricity to consumers 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 directives from the relevant government agencies, PHED as a responsible organisation, will not hesitate to comply with such directive if served accordingly.
“Meanwhile, our operations will continue as usual and customers are advised to pay their electricity bill pending the final decision from the government, while we will strive to serve our customers satisfactorily as promised,” he said.
The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) made a similar clarification on Friday.