BY CHINYERE Nnaemeka
The Imo State House of Assembly member representing Ihitte Uboma, Hon. Onyemaechi has called for urgent investigation into the activities of the Enugu Electrical distribution Company (EEDC) in the state.
Njoku moved the motion during the House plenary, Tuesday and was seconded by member representing Oru West state constituency, Hon Dominic Ezerioha.
He recalled that the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission was empowered by the Electric Power Sector Reform (EPSR) Act of 2005 to ensure that electricity was managed to meet the yearning of Nigerians for stable, adequate and safe electricity supply.
The lawmaker stated that in other to ensure the actualization of the EPSR goals, the EEDC which was given birth to by the Act and was made in charge of five states in the South – East which the state is part of, was privatized and handed over to the Interstate Electrics Limited in 2013.
Njoku added that this was also to ensure that meters were provided to customers for effective billing of whatever the meter reads.
He pointed out that despite that, the company had continued to bill their customers without reading the meters and even when there was no light.
“In my community we did not have electricity but was billed and so because of that we bought our own transformer, wirers, electric pools and all that were required to fix it, which was done. But immediately that was done, they began billing us and threatening to disconnect the power without giving us enough time to recuperate from the finances we spent in fixing the power.”
The legislator opined that there was need for the power distributors to distribute pre –paid meters to all their customers for free in other to ensure that people are charged what they consumed.
He maintained that this would also aid the electricity users to regulate when and how they wish to use the power.
The Honourable members therefore invited the head of EEDC Owerri branch to appeal before the House plenary on Thursday to explain what led to the excessive billings without the reading of meters.