Electrical energy shoppers in Ezema/Ubulenu and Osita-Osili communities of Uke in Idemili North Council of Anambra State have dragged the Enugu Electrical energy Distribution Firm (EEDC) earlier than the Nigerian Electrical energy Regulatory Fee (NERC) over what they termed “unusual and pointless outrageous estimated payments,” which they alleged have been exterior methodology of estimated and pay as you go billings permitted by the Fee.
The residents, made up of primarily of retired and outdated rural individuals, of their cry to NERC, demanded full investigation into what they alleged to be a big scale estimated billing fraud and irregularities introduced on their space by EEDC.
The visibly bitter residents accused the EEDC of over-billing them, disconnecting their provide and throwing them into darkness since June this yr, after they drew the eye of the Distribution Firm (DisCo) to the irregular geometric hike of their month-to-month payments.
The individuals of the communities and different surrounding areas, led by Chief Mmaduabuchi Anekwe and Chief Okechukwu Anakwuo, had in a letter, via their lawyer, C. H. Asiegbu Esq, dated Oct 13 referred to as on NERC to intervene, since a number of correspondences with EEDC didn’t yield any constructive end result, expressing readiness to strategy a court docket of competent jurisdiction over the matter in the event that they weren’t attended to or glad to press dwelling their case.
The aggrieved shoppers tendered collection of correspondences between them and EEDC, by which they requested to be furnished with a replica of their assertion of account and metering of every client and premises to allow them take correct private care and duty for his or her electrical energy consumption, all of which have been ignored.
They’d frowned on the inexplicable geometric soar in what EEDC was giving them as month-to-month invoice from N143, 996 to N1, 229, 128 and above for electrical energy provide of lower than six hours per day by day.
Uke, Ideani and Amenyi-Awka residents additionally reported related follow of estimated billing, as an alternative of set up of pre-paid meters, saying they have been over-rated as industrial customers.
In his response, a senior supervisor of EEDC, Mr. Jeffry Nwainokpor, blamed the communities “for not managing their power consumption effectively, advising them to exchange all incandescent bulbs with power saving bulbs and to make use of mild solely at nights when they’re wanted.
He stated that EEDC has not elevated tariff, however that “it was inconceivable for a transformer with 200 customers to be paying N143, 976 denying that the set up of particular person meters was tied to the completion of any type.
However opposite to his submission, the villagers introduced a type, tagged ‘Group Empowerment Kind,’ the place it was clearly acknowledged that its completion was a pre-condition for the set up of meters, however they opted out till its full goal was defined to them, a growth they strongly believed angered the EEDC officer, who then imposed heavy invoice on them as punishment.