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Festac electricity consumers insist on pre-paid meters

By Clifford Ndujihe

Lagos—Some Festac residents have insisted on provision of pre-paid meters or they will not pay electricity bills, a decision that have made them to be at daggers drawn with the Eko Electricity Distribution Company Plc, EKEDCO.

Posters insisting on pre-paid metres without which residents would no longer honour what they described as “unreasonably high coded billing,” have flooded Festac Town and environs, particularly areas within Zone 3, which comprises communities 1 to 3.

Peeved by the ‘’provocative” average monthly bills of N12,000 for single and two-bedroom apartments for less than 20 hours of power supply, the residents said they would no longer pay for what they did not consume.

The posters read: “Attention! EKEDC, Let us pay for what we use!’’ ‘’Give us pre-paid metres!’’ ‘’No pre-paid metres, no payment.”

Chairman of the Electricity Taskforce, Mr. Nobis Ogueri, said their recent letter to the EKEDC headquarters in Marina, Lagos, was informed by the “unbearable and unrealistic” average monthly bill of N12,000 to over 95 per cent of the consumers for less than 20 hours of power supply.


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