Electricity consumers in Plateau State yesterday met in Jos, the state capital, to fine tune ways of improving services in the state and other areas.
The forum was called at the instance of Jos Electricity Distribution Company, JED, which provides electricity to four states, Plateau, Benue , Bauchi and Gombe.
The Executive Director of JED, Marketing and Investment, Mr. Verr Jirbo told the gathering that for the states to continue to enjoy improved services, there was the need for the existing tariff regime to be reviewed to enable the company meet up with its obligations.
He explained that the current economic realties which pushed up the cost of service materials including gas and the steady depreciation of the naira against the dollar were hindering their operations and effectiveness, hence the need review the existing electricity tariff to enable them continue in business.
He said “When we started operation about 21 months ago, it was N156 to a dollar but now, the exchange rate has changed. Gas, which we need for our services, is on the high side and we may not continue to deliver services if the situation remains like this.”
Most of the customers who spoke at the forum resisted the planned tariff review.
They maintained that although the company had improved on its services lately, it was not enough to warrant any upward review of the current tariff regime.
Some of the problems which they insisted must be addressed by the company include outrageous bills, problem of prepaid meter, erratic power supply, poor response to customers’ complaints among others.

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