ELECTRICITY consumers in the whole five south eastern states covered by Enugu Electricity Distributing Company, EEDC, under the aegis of Enugu Electricity Consumers Forum, have set aside December 13, 2016, to embark on a mass rally against, National Electricity Regulatory Commission as well as EEDC, over poor power supply and high electricity bill. National chairman of Electricity Consumers Forum, Rev. Okechukwu Obioha, who announced their intention during a one-day economic summit organised by South East Leadership and Development Initiative, SELDI, held at the Dome Events Centre, New Haven, Enugu, Wednesday, said that prior to the mass rally, they will first of all have a meeting at Okpara Square, Enugu on December 6, 2016 to discuss the issue among stakeholders before embarking on the zonal protest. Obioha catalogued a lot of grievances that would occasion the protest rally. “Despite that we are not getting light as we ought to, outrageous bills are sent to us monthly as estimated customers. Now, we have reached melting point in our patience and long-suffering. “The October bills were increased from five to six hundred percent. This is to say the least as we are being strangulated and every economic life, both domestic and commercial, is being sniffed out. “If NERC which is the regulatory agency does not wade in with a big stick quickly, we shall all perish in darkness,” the chairman laments. He said that in the interim, they want EEDC to stop forthwith the disconnection and reconnect all customers that have paid their october bills. Obioha said that it is the position of his organisation that EEDC should also stop estimated billing of consumers and provide them instead with prepaid metre which we understood to be available but they are not giving out. The organisation could not understand why EEDC would not change faulty transformers and customers’ complaints attended to immediately. “Bad transformers and lines should be replaced and customers’ complaints attended to speedily without bureaucratic tendencies and no demand for gratification sought by EEDC staffers will be honoured before such repairs and services are rendered,” Obiora points out.

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