- The Nation
Enugu Coalition of Business and Professional Associations (ECOBPA), has urged the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) to provide prepaid meters, to check the rising cost of business in the Southeast.
Chief Emeka Okereke, the coordinator, made the appeal yesterday while speaking with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Enugu.
According to him, estimated billing system increased the cost of doing business in the state, as well as in the Southeast.
In his words: “The EEDC should provide prepaid meters for customers and operators of business outfits.
“This will curb over-billing through estimated electricity tariff, which seems a deliberate fraudulent means of extorting customers.
“There should be monitoring of EEDC workers, as most of the marketing/field personnel do not read meters but give estimated bills.
“The government should give a deadline for the supply of prepaid meters. Failure should attract sanction,’’ he said.
He said although electricity was outside the jurisdiction of the state government, it could lend its voice to the advocacy on tariff control.
Okere enjoined it to ensure improved power supply, to enhance business activities.