Residents of Galadimawa Village in the Gudu area of the Federal Capital Territory on Saturday stormed the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company office to protest erratic power supply to their community and the unjustified high electricity bill being issued to them.
The protesters said they “had been paying for darkness”, stressing that they could no longer cope with the ‘crazy bills’ they were being given by the AEDC.
A resident, Mr. Michael Finayon, said though he paid electricity bill of N7,000 monthly, electricity was barely supplied for 20 days out of the 30 days in a month in his area.
“Despite paying my bills faithfully every month, all I get is blackout, low current and what they call load shedding; some parts of the community only have power supply in the daytime while others barely see any supply daily and yet, the AEDC kept bringing crazy bills,” he said in anger.
The residents admonished the power firm to improve on its services or risk losing revenue from their community.
An AEDC official, who simply identified himself as Theophilus, however, assuaged the anger of the protesters, saying the company would soon install a new transformer to serve the people.
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He added that efforts were being made to do this as fast as possible.
“Police and cables for the step-down transformer will soon arrive for installation,” the official said.
Theopilous said the new area manager, Mr. Onyema Ihemenandu, was working out modalities to resolve the problems and customers’ complaints under his jurisdiction.