Commercial and vehicular movements were on Wednesday obstructed in some parts of Aba, the commercial hub of Abia State as the people of Umuode village in Osisioma Local Government Area of the state took to the streets to protest what they described as “obnoxious and unjustifiable” electricity tariff to electricity users in the community.
The protesters bearing different placards with inscriptions like “We are tired of estimated bills”. “Give us pay as use meter”. “Enough is enough”. “Oh God, deliver us from the hands of the EEDC”. “52,000 is it for 2years?” and amongst others marched through Umule-Faulks road to Calabar Street where the distribution office of the EEDC is located to lodge their complaints.
The residents who brandished several of their February to journalists questioned why the EEDC would bill them excessively even when the electricity distribution company hardly supply power to their homes making them to power their homes and workshops with generator most of the days in the week.
The protesters while bemoaning the attitude of EEDC staff and management in Aba towards their customers also demanded the supply of the much hyped prepaid meters to their home as measures to curb excessive billing by the electricity distribution company.
Comrade Onyebuenyi Chimaobi and Mr Ibe Ihesinaulo said “We are protesting of the crazy electricity bills that the EEDC people are giving to us. It has been like that in the past, but the February bill is very outrageous. Some of us were to pay N106, 000 for three bedroom flats, some over N200, 000. The cheapest one is N38, 000 for three rooms. We are not happy with the way things are going because the issue has been happening in the past.
The money you will use in paying for EEDC bills will be used to pay for three bedroom flats in three years which is unacceptable to us. We have made efforts and have even paid for meters several years ago but as we speak, the meters are yet to be supplied to us. With prepaid meter, this issue of overbilling will be reduced.”
Officials of the EEDC could not be reached for comments when reporters made attempts to speak with them over the allegations made by the Umuode community.