Something should be done about the Jos Electricity Distribution Company, Makurdi Unit, to prevent it from further exploiting its customers.
One of the transformers that distribute electricity to the people of Tionsha has developed a problem, and the electricity company in question (JED PLC) imposed the sum of N2, 000 on each house that uses the transformer in question before it can be fixed for them.
The people of Tionsha responded promptly by paying all that they were asked to pay in order to get power supply.
There are more than 300 houses in Tionsha and all the houses paid the money as requested or imposed. Jos Electricity Distribution Company has not been supplying electricity for free. So, why does the company have to collect money from its customers to repair the transformer? Are the electricity consumers supposed to pay additional money apart from the normal electricity bill before their transformer can be repaired?
After the payment of the imposed N2,000 per house, the people of Tionsha are still living in total darkness. According to the information I have gathered, the company claimed that the transformer was taken to Gboko, one of the local government areas in Benue, for repair. Therefore, a certain amount of money should still be paid by the people of Tionsha before the transformer will be brought and fixed for them. The people refused to pay more money. As I write, the people of Tionsha have been living in complete darkness for 8 months now.
Is that right? Was that part of the agreement before the privatisation of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN)? During the privatisation of the PHCN, was there any agreement that if a transformer has developed a problem, the customers should pay money for repair, apart from their normal tariff for electricity consumption? The answer is no because I have followed the privatisation of the PHCN very closely and there was nothing like that.
I condemn in totality the dishonesty of Jos Electricity Distribution Company, and demand that the money collected from the people of Tionsha towards repairing the transformer should be refunded. Also, the company should use its resources to repair the said transformer, and immediately begin 24-hour power supply to the people of Tionsha Community. The company should apologise to members of the community. Enough is enough.