The Electricity Consumer Protection Forum (ECPF) has urged the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to intervene on the plight of indigenous entrepreneurs and industries which had been at the mercy of Distribution Companies on estimated billings.
There have been claims by numerous electricity consumers, about the outrageous bills- disguised as estimated billing, they are receiving from their various distribution companies. The major complaint is that the estimated billing is not a true representation of consumer’s actual consumption.
Addressing a press conference in Lagos, the convener of the Forum, Mr. Samuel Adeola said the fleecing of customers by the distribution companies with illegitimate bills which were not commensurate with the supply rate had called for concern.
Adeola said: “We at the ECPF call on the Consumer unit of the NERC to wade into the plight of consumers affected by outrageous estimated billings as such occurrences are clear cut travesty on indigenous entrepreneurial efforts to grow the Nigerian economy.”
Citing a case in hand where an alleged highhandedness involving one of his indigenous entrepreneur clients, the ECPF convener said the Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company abruptly disconnected supply to the firm in Ojodu on ‘frivolous grounds’.