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Group asks government to revoke licences of DisCos

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A group, Citizens Access To Electricity Initiatives (CATEIN), has urged the Federal Government to revoke licenses of distribution companies (DisCos), for their inefficiency in providing the country with adequate power supply.

A statement by its President, Abdulsalam Aliyu, and General Secretary, Joseph Emmanuel, urged the government to stop granting them more funds, warning that connivance of operators with government agencies and institutions must stop.

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The group made the plea following the increase in electricity tariff, stating that the non-performing components have been bailed out by the Federal Government with over N1trillion in the past few years, notwithstanding that they were privatised organisations.
 
They argued that increasing tariff without addressing the issues of constant electricity supply, estimated billing, and metering to all customers as well as revamping obsolete equipment and material within the networks, was ill-timed and insensitive to the plight of the masses, and tantamount to putting the cart before the horse.
 
CATEIN, therefore, vowed to mobilise Nigerians to resist the fraud and inhuman treatment by the government.
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“Nigerians are tired of trial by error in these critical areas that affect their lives. We hereby urge the Federal Government to remain true to its constitutional role of protecting the lives of its citizens and eschew the plan to further make Nigerians poorer than they are already.
 
“The multiplier effect of this ill-timed policy is such that the costs of transportation, building materials, foodstuff, manufacturing, and general cost of the living index have all hit the roof. Nigerians are suffering, industries are folding up, small and medium scale industries, which are the bedrock of economic development are extinct in operation and moving to other climes due to the cost of doing business.
 
“It is further unthinkable and worrisome that while other countries are giving tariff holidays to their citizens, thereby reducing their burdens in this period of the global pandemic and thinking of post-COVID-19 Economic Recovery Plan (ERP), Nigerian Government and its agencies are making life unbearable for citizens by increasing prices of all essential amenities and services,” the group said.
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