Electricity consumers want FG to license more DISCOS

Following the worsening epileptic power supply by power Distribution Companies (DISCOs) amid the recent steep hike in electricity tariff  by the NIgerians Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), consumers have expressed frustration, and asked the Federal Government to license more DISCOS to encourage competition and allow consumers have alternatives.

Blueprint Newspapers spoke with consumers in different parts of Lagos, who unanimously expressed disappointments over the worsening power supply that led to multiple problems in parts of the state.

Badejo Olujimi who lives in Ipaja axis pf Alimosho local government area of the state said, while attempting to satisfy the Band A category of consumers have completely neglected other bands.

“If you know what I mean, the light now behave like twinkle twinkle little star. it comes one moment, the next two minutes it’s gone.

“I think they are just wicked, particularly with the scorching heat that is so intense. you cannot store anything in your fridge, you cannot pump water, making the already bad situation worse”.

Alex Fodio, a barber told Blueprint that, he has no other option than to increase his charges for cutting men’s hair from N500 to N1,000. 

He ‘unluckily’ fell under A Band. “The hike announced was immediate. The recharge card money became tripled, yet power supply was considerably reduced”, he lamented.

Gbenga Ojoko, a retired school teacher at Ikeja, said, we used to be the envy of most places in Lagos, but all that has changed.

According to him, “we do not even know which category we belong to. My wife that has a shop can no longer sell cold drinks or satchet water, we have to buy water, because we can not pump water from our bore hole, making life very difficult for people in the area”.

More people who spoke,said, it has impacted on business negatively, saying, those who sell cold soft drinks have to resort to buying ice blocks, thereby adding to overhead cost.