Ganiu Makanjuola, President of the National Association of Electricity Consumers of Nigeria (NAECN) on Saturday, reacted to the rate at which exorbitant electricity bills are being given to consumers by the distribution companies.
Spaing with NAN reporter in Lagos, Makanjuola, stated that bills were being dished out without commensurate services being offered by the distribution companies.
He said that the high billing of customers was not the energy reforms of the transformation agenda as expected by President Goodluck Jonathan-led administration, and therefore called for an urgent revamping of the whole system.
According to him, the association would not hesitate to join forces with other well-meaning Nigerians to fight for the stoppage of such illegal bills if the practice continued unchecked.
“The Nigerian electricity consumers are being short-changed, cheated and embarrassed with fraudulent bills when there is no electricity. These fraudulent bills are putting more hardships, especially on the downtrodden masses that cannot even afford three square meals a day and now have to cough out monies for electricity they don’t get. NAECN notes that the exploitative attitude of the new DISCOS is oppressive, unjust and uncalled for,’’ he said.
The NAECN president, however, urged the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to meet up to its responsibilities by making sure that the new electricity distribution companies gave citizens power for 24 hours.
Makanjuola also advised the DISCOs to make sure that pre-paid meters were installed to check arbitrary estimated bills.
“National Electricity Regulatory Commission should not just be concerned with increase in tariffs but must also ensure better service delivery to electricity consumers in the country” he said.