Landlords and landladies in Ika communities in Delta State have declared that they will no longer pay electric bills for services not rendered as poor supplies continue to militate against economic growth within the Ika nation.
The association, in a statement signed by its president, Mr. Vincent Arimokwu, and general secretary, Prince Obaigbena, and made available to our correspondent, frowned at what it called the unwholesome and unacceptable attitude of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) towards its customers in Ika nation.
The statement, which was addressed to the managing director, BEDC, Benin City, through the business manager BEDC, Agbor Office, reads, “On behalf of the Ika Landlords/Landladies Association and your numerous customers in Ika land, we wish to express our displeasure with your poor services: ranging from epileptic power supply, outrageous estimated bills, indiscriminate disconnection, failure to replace damaged/expired equipment.
“It will be interesting to state that we have held meetings several times with the Agbor Business District and Benin City headquarters in the past, to discuss the above issues but unfortunately, nothing good came out of it.
“It should be noted that the agreement between you and us, the consumers, was that you will give us light and we pay our bills, but the situation now is in the opposite; we are billed indiscriminately and you boldly come for disconnection without acknowledging the fact that you have failed in your own part of the agreement.”
The association directed BEDC to disconnect the entire Ika land and stop the arbitrary collections from the public forthwith as the people are fed up with their services.