Nigeria’s electricity distribution company Ikeja Electric, has announced that non-paying customers within its franchise network will not be disconnected during the 2-week stay-at-home period enforced by the government to curb the spread of COVID-19.
According to the disco, the decision to suspend all disconnection activities was taken to allow all its customers enjoy electricity supply during the lockdown period, while giving consideration to those who cannot afford to pay their March 2020 bills due to the closure.
While making the announcement, Folake Soetan, acting CEO of the company said: “At Ikeja Electric, we are committed to ensuring that our customers enjoy steady and quality supply throughout this difficult period and beyond. We recognise the fact that electricity supply is critical to our ability to stay safe, clean and indoors.
“Therefore, we have also taken a decision to suspend all disconnection activities of non-paying customers for the period of two weeks starting today. This is to ensure that customers who cannot afford to pay their March bills due to the closure continue to enjoy supply until the stay at home order is lifted.”
Soetan said for customers who also wish to pay their bills can also do so using any of the power distributor’s designated online payment platforms.
“Our prepaid customers can buy energy online using any of your preferred online banking or merchant platforms. You can also visit our website to purchase vending units,” she said.
Speaking further Soetan noted that Ikeja Electric as one of the companies designated as essential services has put measures in place to ensure that engineers and technicians are available to clear all forced and unforced outages, while also continuing with the preventive maintenance programmes.
Customers urged to use online communication tools
The power distributor said in line with its mantra of treating customer first, using technology now policy, the customer service representatives will be available to respond to all complaints and inquiries promptly and professionally.
The disco said it will leverage on its world-class communication tools online and via social media to attend to complaints and inquiries while also increasing the turnaround time for resolution.
It also noted that all employees on essential services throughout this lockdown period are committed to ensuring that customers get the best service in line with our processes and best practices.
She urged customers to avoid giving any monetary inducement to any employees as they carry out the job of serving customers better.
“At Ikeja Electric the job is not done until it is done. It is our job to serve you. In carrying out their job, our trained engineers will deploy globally accepted safety procedures and practice social distancing, and all that is required to contain the spread of COVID-19.
“We, therefore, solicit the support of customers to cooperate with our staff as they carry out their duties while we restate our commitment to deliver steady electricity supply in line with our allocation,” she added.