Abuja - Electricity consumers in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) and its environs, have rejected a proposed hike in electricity tariff being proposed by the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC).
They made their position known in separate remarks at an extraordinary consultative forum organised by the company to inform customers of the proposal.
The Managing Director of AEDC, Neil Croucher, had proposed an upward review of tariff over a period of 10 years to address the "huge backlog of under investment in the sector.’’
Tomi Akingbogun, the Interim President, Nigerian Electricity Consumers Advocacy Network (NECAN), said the proposed increment was unnecessary and illegal.
Akingbogun said: "There is no need for this increment. As we speak, only 40 per cent of electricity consumers in the AEDC catchment area are paying their bills.
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"Now, the company is using that 40 per cent to say that they are not making enough money. Is it my business to go to their customers and get money from them?
"The Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) should be taken up on why they are allowing this.’’
He said that it was the second time that the company was asking for upward review in tariff this year, the first being in February.
Akingbogun advised all the customers who attended the forum to individually write to NERC to formally reject the proposed hike.
Others, who spoke at the occasion, raised several issues in the sector including estimated billing, fixed charges, electricity rationing and lack of repair of and maintenance of facilities, among others.
They accused the company of extortion though excessive billing them for power not supplied even after providing transformers, poles, cables and other facilities in some cases.