Ibrahim Oyewale, Lokoja
The Light Up Movement (LUM), has rejected the estimated current bills being distributed by the AEDC for the month of November for not reflecting the actual amount of electricity consumed by the consumers.
This was contained in statement that was signed by the Chairman and the Secretary of the LUM, Mr. Ilyasu Zakare and Mr. Mohamed Yabagi, respectively.
The decision for rejection of the November bill is because it did not grossly reflect the services purportedly provided by the DISCO during the period under review.
“Recall that the AEDC had earlier blamed drop in distribution of power to inadequate power generated and allocation.
“Recall also that the AEDC had pleaded for understanding, promising that distribution would improve as soon as generation improves.
“We are miffed that AEDC would go ahead to increase the payment of bills by 35 per cent from 13,000 to 17000, 17,000 to 21,000 and above, knowing fully that power supply has been abysmally discouraging and extremely inadequate.
“In September, the LUM at its annual stakeholders’ engagement activated its advocacy mechanism for customers to promptly pay up their bills because supplies obviously increased and the customers responded.
“It is only logical that payment of bills is commensurable with power supplied. How do we explain the situation where exorbitant and astronomical bills were distributed to customers in the absence or near absence of power?
“The LUM, by this release distances itself from any insinuation that the group is aware or gave the go-ahead for the increments.
“For us, we align with the general cry that these unreasonable bills being distributed across Lokoja that do not reflect the power supplied. Businesses and homes are back to buying fuel, yet, the bills keep increasing.
“The movement also denies knowledge of the increments of the power bills as this is the sole responsibility of the DISCO (AEDC) and at no time was the group privy to the company’s decision.
“There is no justification or reasonable explanation that bills were 13,000 when supplies was around 16hrs and now 17,000+ with less than 8hrs supplies for most part of the town apart from feeder 1 and the special 33KVA lines.
“The movement hereby demands that AEDC either return to the status quo in terms of supply and billing or forget that customers ought to pay them anything for November power supply.
“We thank customers for their faith in the leadership of the movement as we continue to engage the AEDC on their behalf and that we would never waver in our resolve to ensure that right things are done for them,” the group stressed.