Anambra Community Gives Electricity Firm, EEDC Two Weeks To Restore Power, Threatens To Shut Facility

The community of, Umuawulu, in Awka South Local Government Area has given the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) two weeks ultimatum to restore their power or the company’s office in Awka would be shut down.

The community made this known in a letter sent to EEDC by the Umuawulu Electricity Consumers Forum (UECF) which was jointly signed by the Coordinator/Convener, Osita Obi, and the secretary, Anazor Kingsley Onyebuchi, and copied to the state Commissioner of Police and the Director of the Department of State Security (DSS), Anambra command.

According to the letter, the community demanded the immediate restoration of electricity supply by the EEDC, saying that the community had settled all indebtedness to the electricity company and met all the necessary conditions for the debulking of six transformers in the area.

The letter added that “Enumeration and verifications have also been concluded for all the six transformers. Electricity consumers in the Communities have paid for the meters, some installed while some are yet to be installed.”

According to the letter, the debulking process was completed in February this year when the last verification exercise was done. Therefore, the community having completed all the process of debulking, demands immediate restoration of electricity supply.

The Coordinator/Convener, Obi noted that EEDC is supposed to render service and not exploit the citizens; adding that the condition for debulking was to pay all outstanding bills as the requirements.

Obi added that the EEDC demanded the community to pay 70 percent out of the total bills and they have paid a sum of money worth over N22 million.

In his reaction, the EEDC’s Head of Corporate Communications, Emeka Ezeh, said the company has energized the transformers that met required conditions.

Ezeh said that “The community in question took us to NERC and the resolution was that they should acquire meters through MAP. Some have complied and they have had their meters installed and installation is still ongoing. We have also energized the transformer that met with the conditions, which is to obtain undertaking from individual customers that are not able to pay for meters, to connect them and bill them on estimation, while those not willing to be on estimation will request to be disconnected.”

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