It was a traumatic experience for ex-Minister of Communication Technology, Mrs. Omobola Johnson, to discover that her office had been disconnected by Eko DISCO over a N29,000 bill.
She said in a tweet on Thursday that she returned to her office after a six-week absence over the COVID-19 lockdown to see that its power supply had been disconnected.
“Got back to my office on Tuesday after 6 weeks of lockdown to see April bill from @EKEDP for N29k! Not even a light bulb came on in the whole month.Then they had the audacity to disconnect the power because I refused to pay! This estimated billing nonsense really has to stop,” the minister said.
Responding to her tweet some hours later, the utility company said: “Hello Omobola,
We do apologise for the inconvenience.
Kindly send us your contact details and snapshots of your current and previous bills as a DM so we can escalate and treat accordingly.”
Estimated billing has been declared illegal by the House of Representatives while the Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission has set a cap for the system through which Nigerians are being continually ripped off.