Onitsha residents yesterday issued a 21-day ultimatum to the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) to install pre-paid meters.
The people, under the aegis of Onitsha South Elites Forum, are protesting the alleged failure of EEDC to install prepaid meters.
They collaborated with a human rights organisation, Campaign for Democracy (CD).
The residents are also protesting power outage and ‘crazy’ billing.
Over 1, 500 demonstrators stormed EEDC offices at Fegge, GRA and Ogbaru, carrying placards. They held copies of their petition signed by their coordinator, Mr. Noel Udeoji. Udeoji told reporters they suffered poor service by EEDC.
He said power outage crippled economic activities. The coordinator said they would not tolerate suspension of Credited Advance Payment for Metering Implementation for estimated billings system by EEDC.
“Why suspend the National Electricity Regulation Commission (NERC)-approved estimated billing methodology and have, in its place, an illegal, exploitative and acrimonious billing system?’’ Udeoji asked.
According to him, EEDC has 21 days from the date of receipt of the petition to inform residents when pre-paid meters will be procured and installed.
CD’s National Publicity Secretary Mr. Dede Uzor said the action was to protest blackout in Onitsha and Southeast. He said EEDC distributed estimated bills to consumers without supplying electricity.
“They should resolve this issue of pre-paid meters within 21 days. If they fail, we will mobilise against them,” Uzor said.