Ebonyi State Government React To EEDC Outrageous Billing Of Ebonyians

By Ikenga Chronicles October 29, 2016

The Ebonyi State Government has directed the people that with effect from November, 2016, electricity consumers in the state should not pay electricity bill until Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) provide them with Prepaid meters as is obtainable in other states of the federation.

The state Commissioner for Power and Energy, Chief Emmanuel Uguru gave the directive in Abakaliki while reacting to the conducts of EEDC during an interactive meeting between the Company, government,civil society groups and electricity consumers in the state.

The Commissioner who read out and displayed various letters of complaints from different organizations and individuals, ranging from outrageous billing system to arbitrary disconnection without notice, ordered EEDC to immediately re-connect those consumers it had disconnected or face the wrath of the state government, stressing that government would no longer watch its citizens being exploited and maltreated by EEDC.

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Chief Emmanuel Uguru while reacting to the threat letter to the state government by EEDC on its intention to throw the state into darkness,ordered the company never to embark on any disconnection anywhere in the state till further notice.

He warned them never to misunderstand the peaceful disposition of the people to mean cowardice adding that state government would continue to mediate between the company and electricity consumers for the overall interest of everybody.

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Responding,the EEDC Network Manager Ebonyi State Abakaliki, Mr. Emeka Uchime,admitted some of the allegations against his Company but said they had to adopt the “estimated billing system” to survive as profit oriented business organization.

He however appealed for patience as it was their responsibility to provide consumers with quality and functioning Prepaid meters.

Some of the participants are the Director of “Save Ebonyi Project” Mr. Godwin Ukwu and Mr.Nweze Umahi as well as Mr. Emeka Ibogu. They expressed satisfaction with the position of the state government noting that EEDC wants to continually exploit Ebonyi people as none provision of Prepaid meters.

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The interactive meeting was a follow-up to previous meetings aimed at finding solutions to problems militating against improved power supply in the state.

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