17 December 2014, Lagos – Electricity consumers in Lagos on Wednesday condemned the recent outrageous bills received from electricity companies in spite of poor power supply in November.
Some consumers stated this in Lagos during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria.
A resident of FESTAC Town, Mrs Chinansa Oke, said the attitude of electricity companies amounted to cheating consumers.
Oke believed there was need for urgent measures to address the abnormalities in the billing system and save electricity consumers from exploitation.
She said, “Last October, we had no electricity supply and I was billed N3,500 for the month. In November, supply was erratic throughout the month and they brought N8,500.
“I don’t know the criteria they are using to bill us.
“I spent N12,000 to buy petroleum and they still want me to pay for the power that was not regular.”
Mr Bode Akinfenwa, a resident of Ilasamaja, said he had applied for pre-payment metre in January but regretted that it had yet to be installed by now.
Akinfenwa added, “After applying for pre-paid metre for almost 10 months, the Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company keeps giving us estimated bills. This is an injustice to the masses. Government should rescue us from the hand of these investors.
“The most frustrating part of it is that even if there is no electricity for most time in a month, we are still made to pay the same bill we paid previously.
“Many electricity consumers appear to be at the mercy of these electricity companies because they are the only supplier of electricity.”
A frozen fish seller at Ijora Market, Mrs Damilola Joseph, said persistent outage had forced majority of frozen fish sellers out of business because it was difficult to operate without power supply.
Joseph appealed to the electricity companies to find lasting solution to power failure in order to gain back the confidence of Nigerians.
Meanwhile, the Assistant General Manager, Public Affairs Division of IKEDC, Mr Pekun Adeyanju, told NANthat the management would begin the installation of 500,000 smart metres in January 2015 to its consumers.