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Brazil 2014: Nigerians appeal for stable power supply

Fans of the World Cup renew their satellite TV subscription, buy generating sets.

Some electricity consumers in Lagos State have urged the Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN, to ensure regular power supply during the forthcoming FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

The consumers who on Friday said the appeal had become necessary to enable them enjoy the live telecast of the competition.

The World Cup will hold from June 12 to July 13, 2014.

Some of them said they had bought television sets and subscribed to satellite television channels in preparation for the various telecast of the matches.

Wale Oladimeji, the Technical Personnel of Corsican Brothers Nigeria, sellers of Multichoice GOtv, said that the market had increased remarkably.

The technician said that the number of customers had increased by 35 per cent compared to what it was before the forthcoming Mundial.

“The rate of demand for GOtv has really increased as we sell an average of 10 pieces in a day. Our sales have also increased in terms of the number of customers who already have decoders coming to pay for their subscription,” Mr. Oladimeji said.

He also appealed to the PHCN to improve on the power supply.

Mr. Oladimeji said that power would be the determining factor for sales in both the television and subscription.

“The electricity supply still remains the same before and after the privatisation of the power sector and there will be no sales if there is no light,” he said.

Jumoke Shittu, the Managing Director, A&S Communication, a dealer for Multichoice, said that the sales of GOtv increased notwithstanding the epileptic power supply.

“We don’t have light for some time now yet our customers have increased because the World Cup is fast approaching and a lot of them also came to pay for subscription,” Mrs. Shittu said.

She appealed to the electric power authority for uninterrupted power supply during the competition.

An electricity generator mechanic, Sunday Ogunyemi, said that many people had also come to repair their sets.

Bashir Banjo, an engineer at Ikorodu, said that he just acquired a DStv decoder to follow all the matches played during the World Cup.

“I decided to buy my own DStv component to follow all the matches, even the ones that might be played during the night instead of going to the viewing centre. Our prayer now is for the PHCN to ensure steady power though I have serviced my generator but we should consider people who cannot afford to buy generator and they have the gadget,” Mr. Banjo said

Victor Odu-Olowu said that he renewed subscription for his DStv, which he had abandoned for quite a long time.

“I had abandoned my DStv for long. When I realised the World Cup was about to start I rushed to recharge and also repair my generator,” Mr. Odu-Olowu said

A teacher, Taiwo Olaleye, said she had to visit the DStv office for two days before she could pay for her subscription as a result of the increase in subscribers due to the World Cup.

“Any time I go to the DStv office I hardly spend one hour. But the last time I was there I had to line up. Then I went back because I was tired and stressed up,” Ms. Olaleye said.

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