By Ebere Suzy Okoye
Following the huge sum of N1.5billion giving to Onitsha residents in the commercial city of Onitsha by the manager of Onitsha business unit of Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC), Mr. Kingsley Aja, some youths in the city have risen to fault him and his management on the amount saying that it is purely over estimated or even out of place considering the poor rate of electricity supply in the city.
In an interview with newsmen granted by Mr. Aja in Onitsha, published in some of the national dailies on Tuesday declared that electricity consumers in the commercial city of East on the Niger is owning EEDC a huge sum N1.5Billion.
The youths under the aegis of Fegge Youths Association who faulted the manager in a peaceful protest staged in major roads across the city, stated that hence forth they want prepaid meter system and not estimated bill, noting that EEDC officials are issuing them with amount of bill that is far higher than what they consume.
Moving round with placards that carry the following written words “we want prepaid meter not estimated bill”, we cannot pay more than what we consume” “your bills no longer acceptable”, “estimation is fraud” the Fegge youths through their leader Comrade Kenneth Aloka stated that in some cases they issue them with monthly bill of up to N7000 to N13,000, for a three bed room flat even on account of poor power supply.
Aloka said “how can residents who don’t have electricity consuming equipment pay such amount of money in one month, it is no longer acceptable to us, and all we are saying to whoever in charge is to make prepaid meter available to us, finished”.
He said that several letters written to the EEDC office in Enugu failed to yield results as nobody responded to what they demanded in those letters, saying that the protest will continue until they get want they want from EEDC which is prepaid meter.
He added that most of them are traders and have decided to close their shops to take to the street express their grievances with EEDC poor service calling the government officials in Onitsha to assist them on the issue by reaching out to EEDC for prepaid meter.