The Ekiti State Landlords Electricity Consumers’ Association has
threatened to sue the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) over what it called ‘outrageous and killing’ tariffs being imposed on them in the state.
pre-paid meters to end the seemingly endless regime of extortion and arbitrary bills being slammed on the residents of the state.
The body also directed all the landlords in the state to be paying N3,000 monthly charges until the prepaid meters that will ensure accurate reading of electricity consumed without people being shortchanged are provided.
The statement reads in parts: “This association has met severally on the unimaginable and wicked exploitation through outrageous and arbitrary billing of all electricity consumers who do not have prepaid meters in Ado Ekiti and environs.
“Electricity generation and distribution, no doubt, is the fulcrum on which any national development rests upon. Since the management of BEDC commenced operation in Ekiti, we have observed the following:
“The outrageous billing does not in any way match the epileptic power
But the BEDC Public Relations Officer in Ekiti, Mr Kayode Brown, said the company had not circumvented the regulations of the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) on electricity distribution, saying the pre-paid in their disposal had been allocated appropriately.
Brown said: “You can’t hoard what you don’t have. We have exhausted
what we have received so far to the targeted categories.
“The NERC instructed us to give the prepaid to industrialists first, then the prime areas and the residential buildings in that order.
“So industrialists have benefitted and I know those complaining are
the house owners and they will get theirs soon, they should just bear with us”, the BEDC spokesman said.