July 21, 2024
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Nigerian Community Protests Over Electricity Bills

Locals at Ozalla-Obasi community in Idemili North of Anambra state, Souther eastern region of Nigeria have protested against outrageous estimated electricity billing by Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC).

Numbering over 500, the protesters also expressed concerns over harassment and intimidation by EEDC officials allegedly aided by the police in Onitsha, the capital of the state.

Speaking during the protest, the Chairperson of the Community Welfare Association, Chukwudi Mbanuzue, accused the EEDC of acting contrary to the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) order and the Onitsha High Court judgement with suit No. HID/279/2917, which ordered that EEDC should not bring electricity bills, disconnect their lights, intimidate or harass them until they provide Prepaid Meters for residents.

The Guardian quoted Mbanuzue noting that the disagreement with EEDC, dates back to 2016, when they had irregular electricity supply but were given outrageous monthly electricity bills, which residents were forced to pay.

He observed that the intention of the chairman of EEDC, Emeka Offor, was to ensure regular and affordable electricity supply to the people of the South East. However, lamented that the EEDC staff is frustrating his efforts by willfully refusing to provide Prepaid Meters for consumers in the zone.

“We therefore call on Mr. Offor, to investigate our complaints, and order for the immediate release of Prepaid Meters to the residents of Ozalla Obasi community and other electricity consumers in the zone”, Mbanuzue added.

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