The Abuja Electrical energy Distribution Firm (AEDC) has been referred to as out for allegedly putting in a supposed new electrical energy meter with an excellent debt of N120,000.
Tenants of the affected constructing inside EFAB Property in Jabi, Abuja, expressed their anger in a chat with DAILY POST.
On Friday January 9, AEDC officers went to their residence on Highway 15 to repair the meter however didn’t activate.
The subsequent day, the owner, Mr A. A. (Full title withheld) and tenants referred to as the corporate to report the matter.
AEDC replied they’d closed for the day and will solely resolve the problem by Monday.
One of many occupants, Victoria, recalled that her condo didn’t have electrical energy from that Friday until Monday.
She additional defined: “After it was finally activated, we found it was not the meter paid for. I came upon after utilizing BuyPower (WhatsApp possibility) to buy N5,000 mild.
“Confused, I checked the transaction particulars and noticed an excellent of N119,915.83k. I stored questioning how a brand new meter might have such a debit stability. Additionally, the handle was not ours.
“I then knowledgeable the owner who confirmed the meter title, Mr. N. A. J. (Full title withheld) was not what he used when he utilized and paid for the vitality system.
“We referred to as AEDC once more on Monday. One Ibrahim of the Buyer Care Unit assured it might be rectified. As I converse virtually one week later, a incorrect meter with N119,915.83k after deduction of my N5,000 has not been changed.”
The aggrieved residents despatched the screenshot of particulars of the “new meter” which exhibits the title, handle (not the owner’s or residence), and unsettled invoice.
They described the scenario because the “peak of irresponsibility”, lamenting their virtually one week of frustration.
“If Nigeria was a rustic the place justice is well timed disbursed and sufficient compensation granted, many private and non-private establishments can be bankrupt by now”, one other tenant fumed.
Oyebode Fadipe, AEDC Company Communications Basic Supervisor, didn’t take calls or reply textual content enquiries at press time.
Different telephone numbers dialed had been both dropped or didn’t undergo.
Michael Faloseyi, Nigerian Electrical energy Regulatory Fee (NERC) spokesman, additionally didn’t calls.
A consultant of NERC Abuja Discussion board Workplace, on situation of anonymity, suggested that the complainants “draft a notification to AEDC in order that it may be corrected”. However this has been performed.
Requested why a brand new meter was delivered with N120,000 debt, she mentioned: “This implies it’s an previous meter. Each new meter has about 1,000 to 2,000 models. In the event that they carried that individual meter from one other place to your home, the debt might be there. New meters don’t carry debt.
DAILY POST stories that there have been comparable complaints by prospects in Abuja and different components of the nation.