May 23, 2024

Estimated billing: SEECA to embark on one month warning strike

Govt must alleviate pressure of losses in manufacturing sector  — CEO, Magnate Comms

By Chinedu Adonu

Electricity consumers in the South East of Nigeria under the aegis, South East Electricity Consumers Association, SEECA has threatened to embark on a one month warning strike if Electricity Distribution Companies fail to provide prepaid meters to all the customers.

As a result the Association has decided to embark on the warning strike billed to take off between June 15, 2024 to July 14, 2024 night.

The association is worried that distribution companies stifle Electricity Consumers through high and outrageous estimated billing and for this reason say they will not have it again.

The group which took the decision at the SEECA Consultative Assembly, SCA Summit held at Toscana Hotel, Enugu said though they have been grappling with epileptic power supply, they were much perturbed about the estimated billing, hence the resolve to embark on the warning strike.

“The warning strike shall commence on the 15th day of June 2024 and ends on the midnight of July 14 2024.

“This unavoidable step is a prelude to a more biting action if the South East Electricity Consumers are not individually metered with prepaid meters,” they intimated.

Explaining how the warning strike would be embarked upon, the national chairman of SEECA, Rev. Okechukwu Obioha said that all the Consumers on estimated billing would stop paying the distribution companies while the warning strike lasts.  “Consumers will stop payment on estimated bills until the needful is done,” he said.

“We are saying, meter every consumer or we embark on strike.  No prepaid meters, no payment,” he declared.

Speaking earlier at the occasion, SEECA chairman, Enugu State chapter, Barr. Dorathy Oleka, said that the electricity distribution companies do not have the powers to disconnect their customers without giving at least 10 days notice and another 2 working days before disconnection will take place.

Oleka also said thar even after disconnecting a customer, the Discos do not have right to take away wires and cables they disconnected, adding however that disconnected consumers should not reconnect illegally when disconnected.

The Summit attracted electricity consumers from the length and breadth of the five Southern states.