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Consumers Kick Against Abuja Disco Tariff Hike Plan

Posted: Jun 30, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Electricity consumers have criticised plan by the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) to increase tariff in the area despite the company’s failure to meet its obligations.

AEDC had last week served notice of its plan to increase tariff in its area of operation, which includes the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Nasarawa, Kogi and Niger State.

The company was a week earlier sanctioned by Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) for over-billing its customers last year through the estimated billing system.

Speaking to Daily Independent in Abuja, Chuma Okorie, a business centre operator, described the tariff hike plan as unjustified and arbitrary.

According to him, “The Abuja disco is getting out of control and government must bring them to order. Look around can you see any electricity? My plant is faulty and I cannot work because there is no public power supply.

“Every month they send me a bill of N11, 000 without the supply of power and yet you are telling me that you want to raise the tariff again.

“That is totally unacceptable to me. They want to cripple my business. I think they are taking consumers for granted,” he added angrily.

Another consumer in Karu, Thompson Ayagi, noted that until the Abuja Disco provides consumers with meters, the company must not be allowed to increase tariff.

“This estimated billing is where they defraud consumers and they must not be allowed to continue. Until they provide meters government must not allow them to increase tariff because consumers are suffering too much from this company,” he said.