Protesters Picket EKEDC’s HQs Over Lack of Electricity

Protesters in Onitsha against EEDC

A group of angry protesters picketed the office of the Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) on Mondayover “refusal” of the company to provide them with electricity.

SweetcrudeReports was at the scene of the protest at EKEDC’s head office at Marina, Lagos, encountered both men and women, singing the popular protest song “we no go gree oh!” at the entrance of the building.

According to information gathered, the protesters were from Orile Iganmu, Coker, Kadiri, Idimu and Igunnu, said they had been experiencing total blackouts for the past 7 months.

The protesters expressed their anger over workers of the company, whom they said allegedly collected money on several occasion for the repair of their transformer however, up till the time of the protest, have failed to repair the spoilt transformer.

Precious Kinho who was one of the protesters, nagged that despite exploitations residents of the affected areas have faced in the hands of EKEDC staff, they still get electricity bills and are forced to pay for electricity they have no access to.

“We have no transformer. No light. Their staff collect money from us to repair the transformer yet we have seen nothing. That does not stop them from bringing bills which they will still make us pay despite us having no access to electricity,” she said.

Another woman, Habiba Kolawole who lives in a one-room apartment, and was part of the protest, said she gets monthly bill as high as N26,000.

“Wetin I get for my house wey them dey give me N26,000 per month? (What electrical appliances do I have in my house that warrants a bill of N26,000 monthly?)” she asked.

Chijioke Evelyn lamented that the electricity bill she gets monthly, is more than her yearly house rent.

“Why dem go dey give me bill of N20,000 per month. Electricity bills don pass house rent? (why should I get a bill of N20,000 per month? The bills we get are higher than our house rent in a year),” she said.

Two other women, Adeola Adeyemi and Deborah Ayejunikanwa, added that whenever they refused to pay the electricity bill and their power supply get disconnected, they would have to pay a disconnection fee of N2000.

They called on the management of the company, to find a lasting solution to the nagging issue.

Protesters picket EKEDC’s HQs over lack of electricity

OpeOluwani Akintayo

 A group of angry protesters picketed the office of the Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) on Monday over “refusal” of the company to provide them with electricity.

Sweetcrude Reports was at the scene of the protest at EKEDC’s head office at Marina, Lagos, encountered both men and women, singing the popular protest song “we no go gree oh!” at the entrance of the building.

According to information gathered, the protesters were from Orile Iganmu, Coker, Kadiri, Idimu and Igunnu, said they had been experiencing total blackouts for the past 7 months.

The protesters expressed their anger over workers of the company, whom they said allegedly collected money on several occasion for the repair of their transformer however, up till the time of the protest, have failed to repair the spoilt transformer.

Precious Kinho who was one of the protesters, nagged that despite exploitations residents of the affected areas have faced in the hands of EKEDC staff, they still get electricity bills and are forced to pay for electricity they have no access to.

“We have no transformer. No light. Their staff collect money from us to repair the transformer yet we have seen nothing. That does not stop them from bringing bills which they will still make us pay despite us having no access to electricity,” she said.

Another woman, Habiba Kolawole who lives in a one-room apartment, and was part of the protest, said she gets monthly bill as high as N26,000.

“Wetin I get for my house wey them dey give me N26,000 per month? (What electrical appliances do I have in my house that warrants a bill of N26,000 monthly?)” she asked.

Chijioke Evelyn lamented that the electricity bill she gets monthly, is more than her yearly house rent.

“Why dem go dey give me bill of N20,000 per month. Electricity bills don pass house rent? (why should I get a bill of N20,000 per month? The bills we get are higher than our house rent in a year),” she said.

Two other women, Adeola Adeyemi and Deborah Ayejunikanwa, added that whenever they refused to pay the electricity bill and their power supply get disconnected, they would have to pay a disconnection fee of N2000.

They called on the management of the company, to find a lasting solution to the nagging issue.

Source: IWIN

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