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Residents storm AEDC over prolonged power cut

By Chris Ochayi
ABUJA — Residents of AMAC/ACO Housing Estate along the Airport Road, Abuja, yesterday, stormed the premises of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, AEDC, to protest protracted power outage in the estate.

The angry residents, who thronged the AEDC office, located in Wuse Zone 4, Abuja, in the afternoon accused the distribution company officials of arrogance and lackadaisical attitude. According to them, this has resulted in throwing the entire estate
into darkness for weeks

Operating under the aegis of Landlords-Tenants Resident Association, LATRA, the protesters displayed placards with various inscriptions, such as “AEDC, we the residents of AMAC/ACO Housing Estate are passing through hell. Give us meter and light.”

The aggrieved residents also conveyed their resolution of no metering, no payment of electricity bills to the management of the AEDC during a meeting held between the both parties at the distribution company’s office.

Addressing journalist after the meeting that lasted over one and half hours, chairman of the Landlords-Tenants Resident Association, Mr. Mukolu Samson, said: “We have resolved that there will be no payment of bills without metering. If we are not metered, we should not pay.

“We have also resolved that on no account should AEDC officials come to our estate to demand for payment of any sort, even when the electricity is restored.

‘’They should wait until they meter us. And they must compensate us for all the months that we have been in darkness.
“The AEDC representatives have also resolved that tentatively, we will be provided new transformers, because most of our electronic gadgets have all been damaged as result of power fluctuation. This is part of our resolution.

In his earlier address during the protest, Mr. Samson maintained: “As far as we are concerned in the estate, they have done nothing to ameliorate our sufferings as regards electricity supply in AMAC/ACO Estate, Airport road Abuja.


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