Consumers lay siege to Ikeja DISCO, protest poor service, crazy bills

By Franklin Alli

LagosAGGRIEVED  consumers of Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company, Ikeja DISCO, yesterday made good their threat to protest the increasing poor service delivery by the company among others, as they stormed its Alausa headquarters, demanding improved services and end to crazy bills.

Led by Citizens’ Access to Electricity Initiatives, CATEIN, and Federation of Informal Workers Union of Nigeria, FIWON, they lamented that their businesses had been crippled as a result of erratic or no power supply power to their shops, saying “We can’t run our machine on ‘I better pass my neighbour generators’ and the cost of big generators have hit the roof.

“Three years after government handed over power sector to private sector, electricity supply is worse. We are tired of increase in electricity tariff; we are tired of darkness, load shedding, estimated billings, etc,” Gbenga Komolafe, General Secretary of FIWON said.

Komolafe, who addressed the aggrieved protesters, noted that since the power sector was privatized, there had been no improvement in services, and there was no investment in transmission and generation instead; ”What we have is retrenchment every day, and incremental decline in service provision. Nigerian are tired of darkness. So, privatisation, obviously of electricity sector is not working. It is a fraud.”


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