According to Mr Ismaila Mohammed, Chairman of the Community Residents Association, Sabon Gari community in Mararaba, near Abuja, the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), has disconnected the community, from the national grid for non-payment of bills. Mr Mohammed revealed this Thursday in Abuja. He said that the community had been disconnected since Tuesday, 31st of January.
Sources revealed that the cables connecting the community’s step-down transformer to the grid were removed.
Mr Mohammed described the company’s actions as unjustifiable. He stated that he wonders why the entire community should be disconnected over debts owed by individual customers.
“The AEDC has put us in blackout since January 31, and when we approached them, they said the community was not paying bills, “which is not true”.
“In this community, there are people using prepaid meters; there are several others on estimated and post-paid billing who are not indebted to AEDC.
“By disconnecting the entire community, the company is short-changing customers like us who are up to date in the payment of their electricity bills,’’ he said.
The Area Manager, Mr Lameed Obadaki said the community owes the company up to N68 million. He explained that the percentage of debtors were in the majority, and previous efforts made by the company to carry out targeted disconnection had failed. He said the debtors kept reconnecting themselves as soon as AEDC officials left their premises, hence the decision to cut off the entire community.
Recall that the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) issued a warning to Discos against general community disconnection.