The Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN) has said the Federal Government has no power to order free electricity for Nigerians as part of palliatives for Coronavirus.
The Managing Director of TCN, Usman Mohammed, said such moves and announcements by the government, most especially the speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, was mere propaganda.
He punctured the argument that the government would pay for the proposed two-month free electricity for customers.
“There is this information that went round that power is going to be free. I don’t know where that information came from,” he told Punch.
“But I can tell you that there is nothing like power is going to be free because the Federal Government cannot make power free. The Federal Government does not own the power.
“In the electricity industry, apart from transmission, which is just the transporter, all the other chains do not belong to the Federal Government. So I cannot understand how somebody will concoct that information.
“There are some people involved in propaganda who brand information that is very unnecessary, to be honest.
“I think at this stage what we need to do is to sustainably supply electricity and that is what we are doing.”