Christiana Gokyo, Jos
President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria has been called upon to consider revoking the privatization of Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOS).
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) group National Youth Empowerment Strategy (PDP-NYES) disclosed this through the national coordinator, Hon. Kabiru Sani Garkuwa, in a statement issued to newsman in Jos, while observing that Nigerians have suffered enough under privatization of electricity as atrocity.
He urged Mr President to be concerned by the epileptic supply of energy by distribution companies in Nigeria and, in particular, the Jos DISCO, which calls for concern.
He said, “The PDP-led administration saw reasons on why the DISCOS should be privatized, which it did in good faith, hoping that things will get well with Nigerians; but years after, it is becoming worst.
“We have observed with great concern how the Jos electricity distribution company (JEDC), has not been able to supply energy to its customers and, yet, it goes about charging citizens with estimated bills,” the group stated.
It further said, while citizens are still battling with economic hardships – struggling to get what to eat – the President needs to swiftly intervene, the minister of power should intervene; the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) should also intervene.
“The JEDC has embarked on installation of substandard prepaid meters on residences, and also replacing the already installed standard prepaid meters by defunct PHCN, with their substandard ones, which customers are subjected to paying seven thousand naira within two weeks calls for concern,” it said.
The group called on the Federal Government to, “without delay, revoke the privatized distribution of the energy to citizens.”