Electricity Consumers in Sokoto Stage Protest Against Blackout, Crazy Bills

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By Abdallah el-Kurebe

Electricity consumers Sokoto metropolis have staged a peaceful protest against the Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company (KAEDCO’s) outrageously billing system with adequate power supply.

The protesting consumers allege that in spite of the continued outage of electricity being experienced, KAEDCO has, on the other hand, continued to send bills.

Numbering hundreds and displaying placards with different inscriptions, demanded explanations why bills would be sent to, especially areas where KAEDCO knew they do not distribute electricity.

“Why would you bill us for supplying darkness? You know well enough that you do not supply electricity to Old Airport. You know that for 78 hours in the month of March, we have not enjoyed electricity there. Why would you send bills to us? Why is KAEDCO billing us for God’s sunlight?” Kasimu Abdulrauf of Ofa Road, Old Airport asked?

He further alleged that “Since the privatization of PHCN, consumers have continued to suffer one form of extortion or the other in the hands of KAEDCO. Bills for residential areas reflect bills meant for factories,” he alleged adding, “In February, our bill was a little above N6,000 in spite of frequent blackouts, but the bill for the month of March jumped to over N12,000.”

The protesters warned that until electricity supply increased, outrageous billing must stop. “We warn that it is either the supply is improved or we will not accept disconnection as a result of our failure to oblige to crooked bills.”

Placards displayed by the aggrieved protesters included, “Enough of Crazy Bills,” “KAEDCO, Why Ask Us To Pay For Darkness? “Is This One Months’ Bill Or Five? “No Meter, No Bill”, “Expect the Unexpected When Coming for Disconnection”, “We Will Never Pay For What We Don’t Consume”, KAEDCO Should Stop Taking Us For Granted”, Is PMB Seeing Our Plight In The Hands OF KAEDCO.”

KAEDCO’s Public Relations Officer, Umar Tambuwal said that the recent power challenge was a national one. “Consumers should be a little patient. Efforts are being made to improve on the distribution.”

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