As the House of Representatives considers passing a stimulus bill to ensure free electricity supply for two months, Nigerians have expressed feelings for the proposal.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila has said that the aim of the bill was to mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Nigerians and local businesses.
Gbajabiamila, in a statement issued in Abuja, said the proposed bill would help in boosting the economy through the informal sector as the country prepared for the aftermath of the pandemic.
However, while some Nigerians gladly received the news, others expressed concerns and mixed feelings.
Mrs Risikat Alabi, a shop owner, said it was a welcome idea as it would afford electricity consumers the opportunity to enjoy electricity, free of charge.
Mr Ernest Udom, an electrician, said that anything was possible if the Federal Government could put necessary mechanisms in place.
“However, this is Nigeria, before you know it, the Distribution Companies (DisCos) and the Generation Companies (Gencos), will begin to give you reasons why they can not achieve such feat,” he said.
Another consumer, Miss Hassana Mohammed said , “if the bill will be assented to, it is indeed a good initiative but, is there power to supply?
“Already the DisCos are finding it difficult to give us light when we pay not to talk of when they are mandated to give us free of charge. Let us watch and see,” she said.
For Mr Chinedu Ossai, he asked how power would be distributed to those using prepaid meter without having to pay for it.
The National Assembly is expected to discuss the contents of the proposed bill immediately it reconvenes from its ongoing break arising from COVID-19 pandemic.