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Electricity consumers accuse EEDC of ‘exploitative policy’

Alexander Davis

As tempers flare, so are anger and disenchantment by electricity consumers in Enugu, in Enugu State, following the sudden disconnection of many residents from power source by official of the Enugu Electrical Distribution Company (EEDC).

The Sun reports that several families that travelled for the Christmas and New Year celebrations returned to meet their houses and apartments in darkness, and could not get reasonable responses from the electricity company.

Consumers, the source said, had stormed the various offices of the EEDC, including their Corporate Headquarters along Okpara Avenue, Enugu, as to confront the staff with some threatening to mobilise a mob action against the company.

EEDC, on December 16, 2019, through a notice signed by Mr. Jyotirmaya Lenka, the company’s Network Manager, was said to have confirmed the company’s move to replace the black box pre-paid meter in use on many South-East premises with pre-paid meters from Meter Asset Provider (MAP) starting from January 1, 2020.

However, many have quarrelled with the haste with which the company disconnected them without providing the new meters.

They alleged that even fresh customers who applied for the said meters many months ago have remained on estimation billing without supplying the meters to them.

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