The Minster of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola has called on Electricity Distribution Companies (DisCos) to improve their distribution networks to supply more electricity to Nigerians.
He made the call in Umuahia, Abia state at the 26th Power sector meeting hosted by Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN). He urged the DisCos to have a swift response to complaints from their electricity consumers and to resolve them in an appropriate manner.
“On this last matter of consumer complaints, let me say that we are getting a number of them in the ministry in Abuja, from different parts of the country. “They should appropriately go to the DisCos and the private investors who own them.
“Government has handed over these assets as a business and no longer collects revenue for power from consumers since the sale of PHCN in 2013.
The minister also mentioned that improvement in quality and capacity of distribution equipment would stimulate consumer willingness to pay for electricity consumed which on the long run would benefit the DisCos adding that DisCos should get their employees out on the field to inspect lines, breakers, transformers and other distribution equipment, especially in the wet season.
“They should get their employees to visit consumers and ask if they have problems, and fix them.
“They should also get them to do preventative maintenance and notify your consumers in advance if it will result in disruptions of service, and state very clearly how long it will take.
“I know that it may be difficult, but that is why we took our jobs, to do difficult things and improve people’s lives against the odds,”
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He also said government through the Niger-Delta Power Holding Company (NDPHC), was constructing over 100 distributions lines in the country to help DisCos supply electricity to their customers.