Ikeja Electric has advised smart card customers under the Oshodi, Shomolu and Ikeja Business Units to pre-load their meters in advance. Indeed, the Power Holding Company has urged the customers to load up to two months; especially in view of the impending lock-down declared by the Lagos State government.
This was disclosed on its official handle on the micro-blogging site, Twitter.
IE COVID19 UPDATE
Smartcard customers under Oshodi, Shomolu and Ikeja BU are advised to preload their meters in advance, for up to two months, at the self-service terminal in our offices to avoid any outage that may arise due to the unpredictability of the current situation.
— Ikeja Electric (@IkejaElectric) March 24, 2020
Further, it held that in the event of a total shut-down, some customers may have challenges reloading their meters.
‘‘Ikeja Electric has put plans in place to ensure its customers enjoy power supply throughout this very challenging time. In the event that there is a state-wide shutdown to contain the spread of the Covid-19; some of our Smart Card customers may have challenges leaving their residents to vend.
‘‘We therefore use this medium to urge our smart card customers to preload their vending cards. To compliment state-wide efforts, we will open some of our offices to ensure our customers can vend.
‘‘Further information on these locations will be communicated soon. This message is for customers that vend using meters that require smart cards. Other customers can vend from the comfort of their mobile phones or computers by visiting any other their preferred payment channels.’’
Meanwhile, the Lagos State Government has clarified its stance on the alleged lock-down due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The State Government says it did not give directive on a total lock-down of the state; as it applies measures to curb the spread of coronavirus disease.
The Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, said in a statement on Wednesday, March 25; that Lagos was not on lock-down, in spite of the stringent measures introduced by the government to curb the virus.