We can no longer cope with high electricity bills – Lokoja residents to AEDC


 

Some residents of Lokoja, the Kogi State Capital have decried the alleged astronomical electricity bills coming from the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC).

Residents, who spoke on Tuesday said they will plan a mass protest against the AEDC.

It was gathered that for the past three months the electricity bills have been hiked on monthly basis with at least a 40% increase.

Findings by our correspondent revealed that people living in one-room apartments in public compounds pay as high as N12,700 as against the initial N5, 700 paid five months ago.

Those in two bedrooms also pay N12,700 each month.

Our investigations revealed that the AEDC has devised what some call a dubious means to get more revenue by separating customers in a building and giving them separate bills of N12,700 each which is ordinarily supposed to be shared among the occupants of the building.

For example, our correspondent visited a compound located at No 12 J J street, Lokoja where there are some flats of residence and discovered that in one compound alone, the residents who are mostly low-income earners are made to cough out over #380,000 a month on electricity bills.

A one-storey building which used to pay a bill of N8,700 now pays over N50,000 a month. This is because each occupier of a flat in the one-storey building has been given a separate bill of over N12, 700 while a building housing a two-bedroom flat and a one-room apartment are also being separately given a bill of N12,700 each instead of the N5,700 obtainable in May.

Our correspondent gathered that the electricity bills had begun to increase in June when there was a slight improvement in the supply of electricity.

It was learnt that several customers who went to complain at the AEDC office were turned back on the excuse that the Abuja headquarters of the transmission company was the one who gave the blanket monthly increments as they were helpless over the matter.

One of the aggrieved customers, Mrs Anjara Danladi who spoke to our correspondent over the incessant hike in the electricity bills said the bills brought were too harsh and anti-masses.

However, when our correspondent visited the AEDC office along IBB way where a woman who identified herself as Mrs Folashade and the Head of the Customer Care unit said the bills had come to stay and that the customers have to bear the cost.

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