Consumers Attack IKEDC Over NERC Directive

By Abo Oyeade//

In reaction to the announcement that Electricity consumers should stop paying bills until they have all been metered, the Ikeja Electricity Company (IKEDC) has attempted to clarify that the announcement only affects government ministries and departments (MD) and not the general public.

About three days ago, the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) issued a directive that no electricity distribution company (Discos) should disconnect any of their customers that have not been metered since March 1, 2017.

prepaid meterAccording to the commission on its tweeter account, it said: Customers not provided with meter by 1/3/2017 shall not pay on bill prepared on estimation”.

But in a reaction on Sunday, the IKEDC said the directive only applies to some customers.

A statement released on its official Facebook wall reads: “the NERC statement specifically refers to MD customers, not all categories of customers.

“We are happy to report that our MD customers have been provided with meters as directed by NERC and are no longer billed by estimation.

“While we are making concerted effort to provide meters for all our customers, we shall continue to ensure the integrity of our bills and will do everything within our mandate to comply with all NERC directives.”

The statement added: “We, therefore, urge our non-MD customers to please avail themselves of the content of the directive and be rightly guided.

“We further urge our esteemed customers and the general public not to be swayed by publications whose sole objective is to drive discourse away from the original intent of the statement in order to achieve objectives that are not in the overall interest of the public” the statement concluded.

However, almost all the followers of the Facebook account have angrily reacted to what many describe as a play on the intelligence of Electricity consumers.

For Barnabas Agochuckwu, the customers are sick and tired. “Save yourselves these explanations and provide meters for your customers. Estimated billing is the greatest fraud in this country. It makes people pay for darkness. In essence, it makes people pay for what they did not use. Your customers are sick and tired of this exploitation.”

Another consumer, Dayo Odunayo Adebayo, nothing could dissuade the consumers against following the directives of the NERC.

Adebayo wrote: “NERC is working for people interest. So all this your explanations here fall on our deaf ears. What takes you people to provide digital meter for the consumers? The world is changing everyday but you decides to remain stagnant because of your 419 syndrome. We follow NERC Directives and not yours because that is the authentic.”

Uzoma Bright, on his part warned representatives of the power company not to come near his house for any disconnection attempt. “I will advise you keep your light to the so called MD’s. I have mobilize people in my area and also mobilize Nigerians we cannot pay kobo again if you continued not to Meter Us. Our decision. Is final. No Prepaid meter No Pay.”

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