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Locals protest Port Harcourt power hike

26 March 2014, 07:40Augustine Osayande

Abuja - Consumers in Uyo, the capital of Akwa Ibom State, have besieged the offices of the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED) to protest increases.

According to consumers, the firm effected the increases without corresponding supply of energy.

Most of the consumers complained about more the doubling of prices on their monthly bill, which were circulated since last week.

An aged woman said her bill was raised from N300 to N600 for her one-room apartment which had only two lighting points and no electronics gadgets.

Another pensioner, who claimed to be receiving a monthly pension of N7 000 Naira, said he was forced to pay N8 000 for electricity for a small apartment he occupied with his wife.

A journalist, Samuel Jonah, described the current PHED bills in Uyo as outrageous.

“Nigerians will wake up one morning only to be told that electricity is no longer for the poor as it was the case with the telephone some years back,” he said.

He advised the new company, whose officials could not be reached, to look into the tariffs.

– CAJ News

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