Residents of Rockville community in Bwari area council have decried the continued absence of electricity and other essential infrastructure in the area in the last five years.
In an interview with LEADERSHIP, the general secretary, Rockville Residents Association, Mr. Ekhaegbah Orbih said that the community had approached the area office of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) since 2014, but has not been connected.
Orbih noted that the community which has over 60 residential houses has been in the dark for five years, while AEDC officials make fortune out of their predicament.
He disclosed that the community had paid more than half a million naira to Bwari area office of the AEDC as part of the conditions to be connected to the electricity grid since 2015, only to realize later that the officials were out to defraud them of their hard earned money.
Explaining their predicament further, Orbih said that the AEDC head office, after series of correspondence provided a 500KVA transformer in 2017, adding that the outrageous estimated bill for the installation 200 KVA transformer in the community by Bwari AEDC stood at the cost of N950, 400.00.
However, speaking at an electricity town hall meeting in Bwari over the weekend, the general manager AEDC FCT North, Isa Abdulrahman said the community has not been connected due to a new regulation by the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) that new customers should not be connected without metres
Abdulrahman urged residents to apply for metres before they complete their buildings to ensure quick connection to the national grid, adding that the epileptic power supply is due to the response of the power system to weather as well as the heat season that affects the system negatively, leading to low supply.