By Southeast Post
Electric consumers in Igbo Eze North Local Government Area of Enugu State, have appealed to the Federal Government to investigate alleged fraudulent activities of Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, EEDC, saying that the company had been ripping them off without providing them good services.
Investigations by Southeast Post online showed that the EEDC, disconnected about 100 transformers in over 47 communities on June 25, 2020, in a bid to force electric consumers in the affected areas to pay outrageous bills without providing them electricity.
Sources told Southeast Post that consumers whose transformers were not functional were were also being made to pay outrageous estimated bills.
Consumers at Amachalla in the area said that the “Unit One transformer at Umuezeaoli area stopped functioning since 2014, but EEDC had been sending outrageous estimated bills to them.
At Ugbaike, the consumers said that the transformer at At At Joseph’s Akamangbo, was not functional for over five years, forcing residents to spend about N740, O00 on its repairs with the promise from EEDC that the money would deducted from their bills.
One of the consumers who identified himself as Onuh Ugwu said that EEDC however, reneged on its promise and instead threatened to prosecute us for repairing it’s property. They even inflated the N830,000 debt which we were owing before the problem started to N1. 2 million, meaning that we were illegally being debited when the transformer was dormant.
At the Shehu Shagari Low Cost Housing Estate, consumers told Southeast Post, that there transformer was vandalised and they had no electricity for over five months adding however that EEDC marketers who never came to repair the facility, surfaced when they contributed money to replace the armoured cables and took over the job for which they were paid over N70,000 as workmanship.
“Again, they charged us N10, 000 reconnection fees without issuing us with receipts.We had light for a few weeks and the bills jumped up by over 100 per cent before they cut it off finally on June 25, even when we paid N80,000 to them a day earlier. Since then, we have not had light,” a consumer, whose name was simply given as John said.
At Isiugwu, Etteh, Okpo, Ikpamodo, Onicha Elugwu, the stories were the same.
Consumers said at Okpo that they had been without electricity since 2018, just as others said that their bills jumped from N60,000, to N80,000, and then N400,000 without appreciable improvement in services.
One Frederick Eke said that consumers get the quontum of services they deserve in two weeks in a period of three or four months but billed higher for the poor services. At Etteh none of the transformers is functional.
At Egu Ego, Umuopu, the residents said that they were given outrageous bills for their transformer which had not worked in the last two years.
Head of Media and Publicity at EEDC, simply said told Southeast Post that he was informed by appropriate persons in the company that the light was cut off because some of the transformers were malfunctioning and needed to be fixed.
He also said that he was not aware that the consumers had been in darkness for over two months now for refusing to pay the outrageous bills issued them on or about June 25, 2020.