AEDC Staff Accused Of Illegal Connections

The residents of Ushafa-Ghodu Extension Community in Bwari Area Council of Abuja have decried the under dealings of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, that has led to the overloading of a 300kva transformer which was installed by the residents at the cost of about N2 million about three years.

The Chairman of the Community, Michael Momoh, expressed his disappointment in some staff of the Ushafa office of AEDC. He was most especially disappointed by the conducts of one Emmanuel, who claimed to be an engineer and allegedly connived with some new residents in the area to connect them to the transformer against the agreement between the Community and AEDC. The community on purchasing the transformer had an agreement with AEDC to the effect that anyone who wishes to connect light from the transformer should first be cleared by the community. Emmanuel, ignoring this agreement, however, went ahead to overload the transformer, leading to first load shedding and finally a total blackout in the community for over three weeks now and still counting.

Momoh added that, the company even after this keeps overbilling the residents even when they have no light and that some of his members that paid for pre-paid meters since September last year are yet to be allocated one.

He said: “I mean this is a pre-paid meter that ought to be given to us free of charge.”

Momoh said the Community has written series of petitions against the despicable activities of some staff of AEDC in Jigo and Ushafa office and also requested for a new transformer, all to no avail.
He called on the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission, Consumer Protection Council, Senate and House Committees on Power to urgently come to their aid by prevailing on AEDC Ushafa/Jigo and Bwari Office to restore light to the Community, stop forthwith the exorbitant bills in the area, immediately redeploy Emmanuel and his co-travelers and supply a brand new transformer to the Community.

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