Ebonyi State governor, Chief Dave Umahi has expressed dismay over poor power supply in the state.
The governor in a meeting with the management of Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, EEDC, noted that over 70 percent of transformers in the state were fake, outdated or vandalized, adding that the residents of the state were angry.
Umahi told EEDC that the state government would no longer fold hands and watch the people suffer and had planned to replace any transformer that is not working, but the company should be prepared to pay cost which the government would attach to it.
He frowned at the commissioning charges EEDC collects from customers who bought their personal transformer describing it a double slap against such customers and should be proscribed.
He argued that any customer paying for fixed charges should be given commensurate services describing it as unfair for one to pay when there is no power generation just as he insisted that such obnoxious charges only exist in Nigeria where consumers pay for services not rendered to them and must be corrected.
He added that the N221 million owed the company by the state government was going to be paid but charged them to provide prepaid metres as fast as possible.
“When we get our metres,we shall be able to do a statistical analysis for about two to three months after which we shall know whether we are paying higher or lower and if we owe you we should be able to pay but if we owe us,you should be able to build back,he said.
Managing Director/CEO of EEDC,Robert Dickeman said he was going to study some of the request of Ebonyi state government and respond to them adequately but assured the readiness of the Company to give the people of the state adequate services.
Dickeman, who was accompanied by top officials of the company to the meeting, also promised to provide prepaid metres to the consumers in the state soon.

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