Lagos residents groan under 'outrageous' electricity bills •Allege increased tariff

Posted by News Express | 12 August 2020 | 1,064 times

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•Minister of Power, Saleh Mamman

 

By SUNNY OKIM

Electricity consumers in Lagos are complaining bitterly about what they consider as outrageous bills from the power distribution companies (DisCOs).

Many of the customers particularly in areas covered by Ikeja Electric Company (IKEDC) who spoke to News Express on the issue are of the opinion that the bills churned out by the company are at variance with the power they consume within the respective periods covered by the bills.

Some of the customers suspect that the DisCOs might have gone against federal government instruction to them not to go ahead and effect increase in electricity tariffs which they had planned earlier in the year.

An editor with a Lagos based newspaper, Chima Nwafor said:

"My residence is an apartment building with a 3-phase metre. Before June the light bill was  less than 20k; in June they gave us 22k, and for July they brought N30k. No reason adduced."

Another consumer, Ibrahim Kadiri who resides in Ojodu Berger area told our Correspondent "My June bill was N17, 000. July bill which they sent some days back is N24, 000. This is too bad at this time when people are trying to survive from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Besides, I cannot remember when last I switched on my fans and refrigerator due to the prevalent cold weather in Lagos. So, how did they arrive at these bills?"

Madam Ejiro (Not real name) who resides in Alagbole, a Lagos border town with Ogun State and owns a hairdressing salon at Opebi in Ikeja, capital of Lagos State said her electric bills have been very high.

"The bills are high, very high. They just sent N26,412 two days ago as my bill for July" she said.

Lamenting about the increase in electricity tariffs from Ikeja Electric Company as reflected in July bill, a health worker who gave his name as Mr Etim Okon residing in Egbeda said he got N21, 200 for June but increased to N22,435.65 for  July, 2020.

A nurse by name Nelly Sylvia occupying a three-bedroom apartment in a residential estate at Shasha, a Lagos suburb said the bills have been outrageous.

According to her, she decided to go for pre-paid meter which was installed a week ago when she could no longer cope with the high bills.

"The bills keep increasing even when the light is not there. In my estate, if they bring the light for two hours in a day, we consider that a good day, yet the bills keep increasing. I went for pre-paid meter which was installed last week. Since then we have not had light for a second but they sent the bill for July and I was perplexed when I saw the amount. It is a pity the government is not doing anything about this criminal nature of these distribution companies. Somebody just has to call them to order. They have quietly increased the tariff and nobody is doing anything about it. It is really sad," lamented the medical personnel.

A resident of Ogba area with a pet name Cee Cee had a rather funny narrative. His words:

"I moved into an apartment without knowing there was a huge outstanding of over half a million naira. When they brought pre paid meter, they infused the outstanding bill which the owner of the house has not been able to clear. You won't believe that while I have no electricity in my apartment, they're still billing me for more than a year now. I wrote to them to stop the bill. Who pays the bill when I have no electricity? You know what?  The bills have not only continued to come, they are increasing."

News Express reached out to Ikeja Electric Company with headquarters at Alausa, Lagos.

A message sent to its public relations department Tuesday evening was not replied as at time of going to press.

But a marketing officer with one of the outlets of the company who pleaded anonymity because he is not authorised to talk to the press said,

"Whoever feels the bills are high should apply for pre paid meter."


Source: News Express

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