BY VICTOR AHIUMA-YOUNG
LAGOS—NIGERIA Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, NUPENG, has berated the National Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, for looking the other way while new operators in the nation’s power sector, are ripping off electricity consumers with outrageous bills without providing power.
The union in a statement yesterday in Lagos, expressed worries over the high electricity bills passed to consumers by the distribution companies known as DISCOs, questioning the rationale behind the exorbitant electricity bills passed to consumers without enjoying the services.
NUPENG in a statement by its President, Mr. Igwe Achese, lamented that the epileptic power supply nationwide amid crazy bills by the DISCOs called for urgent overhaul of the entire system.
According to him, “The Nigerian electricity consumers are being shortchanged, cheated and embarrassed with fraudulent bills when there is no electricity. These fraudulent bills are inflicting more hardship, especially on the downtrodden masses, who cannot even afford three square meals a day and now have to cough out monies for electricity they don’t get.
”We note that the exploitative attitude of the new DISCOs is unjust, oppressive, uncalled for and not in tune with the energy reforms of the transformation agenda of Mr. President, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan.”
“We are disturbed that with the huge monies xpended on power generation and distribution, there is still nothing to write home about, except perpetual darkness in many communities in the nooks and crannies of the country, only to be faced with huge bills.
”NUPENG therefore calls on the National Electricity Regulatory Commission to be alive to its responsibilities by ensuring that the new electricity distribution companies give our citizens light 24 hours of the day and also ensure that prepaid meters are installed to check arbitrary estimated bills.”