Members of the Enugu State House of Assembly, on Friday, 7th of April have declared a state of emergency over the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC).
This action came following the protest that was made by residents of the state demanding the exit of the EEDC from the state. The residents protested against the company over outrageous billing, epileptic power supply, among others.
They occupied the Assembly complex, insisting that the State would no longer condone the activities of the EEDC. They also requested that the Federal Government undertake a review of the privatization of the power sector as the EEDC lacked the capacity to manage the distribution.
The House of Assembly, however, responded to the protest by declaring a state of emergency on the activities of the distribution company. The lawmakers also asked electricity consumers in the state to stop further payment of over-bloated electricity bills.
In a special sitting, the members unanimously rose in condemnation of the distribution company, describing the EEDC’s current billing system as day-light robbery. It was mentioned at the sitting that for every one unit of power, Enugu was overpaying with N10 and N13 when compared to Abuja and Lagos, respectively.
Other states in the south-east including Abia, Anambra, Enugu and Imo were also asked to take drastic action against the company by declaring state of emergency against them.
The House also urged the Enugu State Government to liaise with the National Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, to validate the quality of pre-paid metres being installed in the State to ensure that its setting was commensurate to the unit of consumption. They lamented that the EEDC was using the new pre-paid metres as well as its estimated billing system to dupe residents.
The House thereafter set up a six-man ad hoc committee to be chaired by the Deputy Speaker, Uzogbado, with Honourables, SKC Ude Okoye, Emeka Ogbuabor, Philip Nnamani, Chuka Eneh and Chinedu Nwamba.
The committee is to hold a 3-day public hearing at the three senatorial zones of Enugu State. They are to invite any person whose input is considered needful to tackle the problem.