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‘Paucity of funds hinders metering of over 700,000 consumers in South East’


Electricity Pole.

Electricity Pole.

The Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) has said that shortage of funds is hindering the metering of over 700,000 consumers in the South East.

Als0, electricity consumers yesterday issued a January 2017 deadline for the metering of all of them in the zone.At a forum with officials of the EEDC to resolve the impasse generated by the outrageous bills given from October 2016 to date, it explained that it was convinced that metering would address several problems of consumers, noting, however that paucity of funds had always hindered the effort.

Head, Communications, Emeka Eze, stated that since it took over three years ago, the company had spent over N9 billion on metering alone, adding that huge investments had been made to resuscitate its facilities that were in bad shape when it took over.

He explained that the company has an installed capacity to distribute 1000 megawatts of electricity, but that due to low generation, 200 to 300 was currently being distributed.

National Chairman of the Enugu Electricity Forum, Rev. Okechukwu Obioha, said that energy theft was being committed in the zone with the connivance of the officials of the EEDC. He urged the company to look inwards and sanitize itself.

He stated that the ultimatum to meter consumers in the zone had become necessary to avoid actions that could threaten electricity supply, calling on the company to reverse the outrageous bills given from October 2016 to date.

“We call on EEDC to stop disconnecting people on the basis of the questionable increase and those disconnected, be reconnected without delay and at no cost to the affected consumers.

“We strongly call on EEDC to improve energy supply to the Southeast consumers; and where the shortage in the supply of power is due to low generation, consumers must be billed commensurate to the quality and quantity of light they consume”, he said.

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  • Anaebo Chukwuebuka

    Methinks paucity of goodwill for the South East would better drive home the point as the reason for our undevelopment in Nigeria. Nigeria has always held the Igboman with disdain and fear bringing so many man made obstacles to hinder his development, but like a man whose ‘Chi’ is alive, we succeed at the end though painfully.

    Examples abound: Is it the Federal parastatals or institutions-the police recruitment as a case study? Is it the educational priviledge in federal institution by increasing cut-off mark in SE as against the other zones? Is it the mounting of well guarded borders from Cameroon through Calabar whilst Bene republic via Lagos and Niger republic through the Nothern axis are more porous? Is their a conspiracy at work to further impoverish the Igboman? Is it the transport system be it air, sea, rail or even road that is better in other zones and worst in the SE? What of during the illfated Presidential election that brought ‘Change’? Why were the electronic voting technique mandated in this part whilst manual form was ubiquitously used in the North?

    Need I ask more rhetorical queations?
    Now they are saying the metering system by the dustribution companys isn’t working in the SE because of pausity of fund. I beg to differ!!

    In all this the underdevelopment of the Igboman is the underdevelopment of Nigeria. As the saying goes, ”Onye ji mmadu n’ala ji onweya”. That is, He who pins an opponent to the ground is pinning himself.

    • Wesley

      I am sure you don’t even live in the SE nor do you pay your taxes to any of the SE state governments.