The Ishiagu community in Ivo Local Government Area of Ebonyi has decried the continued power outage in the area. Mr Stanley Anyim, the President of Ishiagu Community Development Union (ICDU), who spoke to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday in Enugu on behalf of his community, said the community had been without electricity for over a year.
Anyim told NAN that the community had petitioned the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to complain that the community was being marginalized and also being exploited by the high electricity bills given by the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC).
“From December 2016 till date, our community has not seen light from the EEDC, yet the company keeps bringing bills to power consumers in the community,” he said.
Anyim said: “more worrisome is the fact that the distribution company keeps bringing us huge estimated bills for energy not consumed.
“We have severally taken our complaint to the area office of the company in Abakaliki to draw attention to the plight of the community and to demand pre-paid meters for the transformers, but all to no avail.
Mr Ayim says the inability of the EEDC to address the situation compelled the community to petition the NERC. Businesses, commercial and social activities have been negatively impacted due to the absence of power supply to the community.
In response to this, Mr. Cyprien Nwankwoegu, the Territorial Manager of EEDC in Ebonyi, confirmed the power outage problem in Ishiagu but said that efforts were on to address it and restore power supply to the area.