By Uzoh Ugwueze – Enugu
They presented the issue during an engagement between the Senate committee on power, steel development and metallurgy and the power consumers as part of their 2018 oversight visit.
“The transformer servicing our community had issues. After about six months of power outage, they came and removed it for repairs. Four months have also elapsed since then, but nothing has been heard from them.
“We are appealing to the Senate to prevail on the EEDC to do the needful because businesses have been crippled in our community for this past one year,” he lamented.
Chairman of the committee, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, who led other senators to the event, had told the power consumers that they were in Enugu to get the pulse of the people on the activities of the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, EEDC.
He said whereas there were some opinion that the licenses of the discos should be reviewed, the senate was of the opinion that the areas of challenges should be identified and recommendations made for a way out.
He was however, quick to add that the Senate was not comfortable with the estimated billing system. “We want to bring an end to estimated billing. We believe that Nigerians deserve a better deal. If you are doing estimated billing, there is also a scientific way worked out by the National electricity regulatory commission, NERC.
“So, in all, we need to know how the discos are doing after buying the 60 percent and leaving all of us with 40 percent. Those of us who own the 40 percent need to know what they have done so far,” he stressed.
Responding to further complaints by different communities, which bordered on over-billing, the Senate urged the EEDC to engage community leadesr into working out an acceptable modality before installing the bulk-metering system.
Also speaking, the deputy speaker of the Enugu state House of assembly, Hon. Donatus Uzogbado said the House had issues with the EEDC last year, but that there were presently impressed with the progress being made by the company in addressing the occuring issues.
Meanwhile, Mr. Paul Okeke, deputy managing director, of the EEDC, who led the EEDC team at the event, said the company was making steady progress, assuring it would address all the issues raised.
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