It was complaints galore by consumers and community leaders at the public hearing organized by the Enugu State House of Assembly on the activities of the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, EEDC, yesterday.
Unfortunately, the EEDC was not there to respond to the allegations of exploitations, incompetence and unprofessional practices levelled against the electricity distribution company.
EEDC Head of Communications , Chukwuemeka Eze, said the House of Assembly informed the company about the public hearing by 5pm on Monday, few hours to the function, which he noted was too short for the company to prepare for the hearing, especially since the company had another appointment with the electricity regulatory agency.
Eze said the EEDC has, however, written to the House, indicating interest to attend the next hearing if it is informed on time.
At the public hearing conducted for the people, groups and communities in Enugu West Senatorial district, President-General of Akwu Achi Town Union in Oji River Local Government Area of the state, Mr Emezie Ike, narrated how EEDC ordered that his communtiy embarked on fund-raising to offset a bill of N85 million, which EEDC claimed the community owed the company without convicing evidence.
Ike said: “The matter is so bad that an 85-year-old man was given a monthly bill of N29,000 in addition to over N500,000 the EEDC claimed was the total debt of the man”
Different community leaders complained of alleged exploitation by the EEDC on issues of transformers, which they said they provided by themselves, yet the company charges them huge sums of money to install and connect the transformers in addition to the outreagous bills the villagers were subjected to.
Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly, Dons Uzoagbodo, said the House embarked on the public hearing to obtain reasonable suggestions from the public on how best to tackle the alleged exploitations by the EEDC.
The next public hearing for Enugu North senatorial zone would hold on May 3, while that of Enugu East senatorial zone was scheduled for May 10 2017 in the same chamber of the House of Assembly in Enugu.
Source: Nigeria Today