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Ikeja power firm sued for erratic distribution

31 January 2014, 10:04Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos - The Social and Economic Rights Action Centre (SERAC) has filed a suit against the Ikeja Distribution Company (IKEDC) over epileptic power supply to residents in the region.

Filing the suit before a Lagos High Court, SERAC asked the court to compel IKEDC to pay compensation to residents who have suffered serial blackout due to the inability of the power company to meet its obligation of provide electricity.

The Nigerian Electricity Liability Management and the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission are joined in the suit. The non government organization is also seeking a N13m compensation as special damages against the three defendants in the suit.

SERAC contended in the suit that several residents and offices in Lagos had suffered both personal and economic loss due to the shoddy power supply by IKEDC.

It also contended that several electrical appliances and household items had been damaged by power fluctuation and high voltage power supplied by the power company.

SERAC also argued that the power company had never at any time complied with its statutory responsibility of notifying residents before switching off power supply.

It said that by law establishing the power company, IKEDC ought to notify residents three days ahead before cutting power supply.

SERAC also contended that it had written several times to IKEDC to set up a compensation measure for residents that suffered from their shortcomings but that the electricity company had turned a deaf ear to its demands.

Part of the relief been sought by SERAC includes an order directing the electricity company to promptly and without further delay, establish standards for compensation to consumers who did not enjoy regular power supply.

The non government organization is also seeking a N13m compensation as special damages against the three defendants in the suit.

IKEDC and the two co defendants are yet to fill responses to the suit and no date had been fixed for hearing the matter.

– CAJ News

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