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Electricity consumers protest erratic power supply

25 April 2014, 09:53

Lagos -  Electricity consumers in Lagos State on Thursday staged a protest over the poor electricity supply and inappropriate billing  by the Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs).

The consumers, who came out in their hundreds at the Akowonjo Business Unit, demanded the immediate stoppage of extortion by the DISCOs.

Salaudeen Folarin,Vice-Chairman, Association of Electricity Consumers of Nigeria (AECN), spokesperson of the protesting consumers, described, the electricity supply in Lagos State as disappointing.

Folarin said that the poor electricity supply was compounded by the arbitrary billing of consumers.

According to him, the association has already registered their complaints with the Consumers Protection Council of Nigeria.

He said that AECN had equally concluded plans to sue the DISCOs in Lagos for breach of contract.

“We appeal to the agencies concerned with electricity distribution in Lagos State to discontinue with the system.

“This estimated billing is not in the best interest of Nigerians,'' the association's vice-chairman said.

Folarin said that most electricity consumers in Lagos had yet to receive pre-paid meters after more than over two years of paying for the meters.

He said that the difficulties associated with billing and measuring electricity consumption ratio would seize if every consumers have pre-paid meter.

Folarin also said that the privitisation of the power sector had not improved the power supply situation in the country.

"The reality with the private investors in the scene now is that they possess no magic wand to supply more power than what government used to do.

"We have not been enjoying electricity supply since these new owners took over. I don’t know what is happening,” he said.

Sources at the Ikeja DISCO, who preferred not to be mentioned, said that it was uncharitable to blame them for the erratic electricity supply in Lagos State.

"Power supply is more attributable to our national grid and not the DISCOs. DISCOs will only distribute the energy given to them,” he said.

He also said that the Ikeja DISCO had commenced the distribution of pre-paid meters to consumers that paid for it in the last two to three years.

-   NAN

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