Angered by the 100 per cent increase in electricity tariff, consumers in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, last week protested against the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHED), The Guardian reports.
They threatened to shut down their business activities in the state if the arbitrary hike in the tariff was not reversed. Led by the Bayelsa State Association of Bulk-Bill Electricity Consumers (ABEC), the consumers ventilated their anger by taking to the streets, giving a 24-hour ultimatum for company to reverse to the old tariff.
Placards carrying members of the association said the sudden increment, which took them by surprise, was imposed on them by a sub-contracting firm to PHED, Agidi Energy and Tools limited without pre-information to residents. Efforts to reach the Business Manager of the PHED whose name was simply given as Engineer Moses was not successful.