Residents of Kutunku community in Gwagwalada area council have decried outrageous electricity billings despite the epileptic power supply by the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), in the area.
Some of the residents, who spoke with LEADERSHIP, described the development as worrisome, adding that it was not in the interest of the masses, because it has hindered economic activities and social life of the people.
A resident of the area, Mr. Joseph Gado, said that electricity consumers in the community were given crazy bills despite having poor electricity supply, even as he lamented on the issue of sabotage by some officials to federal government efforts in ensuring that the power sector was properly harnessed.
“The power supply is not more than twice in a week and at the end of the month they will bring outrageous bills for us to pay. How can the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) be bringing between N6, 000 and N7, 000 to a two-bedroom flat in a month when the supply is not stable.
We are being forced to pay for electricity we never consumed. This is extortion. We demand for transparency in the billing methodology,” he said.
A landlord in the area, Mr. Musa Bala, said all the electric poles, cables and other electricity facilities situated along new Kutunku Road that supply electricity to the community were due for replacement.
“Virtually all the transformers are dilapidated and can no longer continue to cope with the load on them. From our feasibility study, more than five thousand houses in Kutunku use one transformer, which is grossly inadequate.”
Also speaking, another resident of the community, Mrs. Sarah Tukurah, urged AEDC management to install prepaid meters in all houses in the area.
“The power supply is normally late at night when everyone is at sleep, and at the end of the month one will be given bills to pay. We want AEDC management to provide us with prepared meters so that we can have the value for our money.”
Responding, the general manager, corporate communications of AEDC, Mr. Fadipe Oyebode, said the company did not bill its customers arbitrarily.
According to him, the affected areas in the community were isolated for safety purpose adding that there were cases of electrification due to wrong connections by some residents in the area.
“We bill according to the energy delivered and it is surprising to hear some of our customers complain about outrageous billings and shortage of power supply,” he said.
Fadipe urged electricity consumers in the area to report cases of dilapidated equipment at AEDC customer care offices nearest to them