Abia Assembly Speaker Laments High Electricity Tariff, Poor Electricity Distribution By EEDC

Abia Assembly Speaker

The Speaker, Abia State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Chinedum Orji has poor electricity supply in the state by the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) amongst its consumers in the state.

The Speaker in a Matter of urgency which he brought before members of the state House of Assembly also lamented that the EEDC forced Abian to pay exorbitant electricity tariffs for power not supplied.

Rt. Hon. Orji in his presentation, frowned at situations where the electricity distribution company not only leave Abians in darkness for days, weeks and in most cases, months situations without electricity and yet, force residents of the state or affected area(s) to pay for electricity when it was clear that the inability of the staffers of the power company to fix their faulty power equipment like transformers among others kept the people in darkness.

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The Speaker said a situation where EEDC operatives charge his constituents exorbitantly to install such transformers in their various communities after he had personally provided paid for such transformers which would be installed in the benefitting communities was worrying.

“My Distinguished Colleagues, beyond the atrocious activities earlier mentioned, you may wish to note that the already encumbered consumers are expected to contribute to repair or replace broken and faulty EEDC equipment and are left to grope in darkness for not effecting the repairs.

“Hon Colleagues, it is my considered opinion that urgent steps be taken to address this ugly situation in order to discontinue the relocation of small and medium scale enterprise clusters in our dear State to our sister States”, the Speaker said.

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He further decried erratic power supply, obnoxious estimated billing, delay in repair/replacement of faulty power equipment and non distribution of prepaid metres to electricity consumers as directed by the Federal Government.

He therefore made the following Prayers:

1. That the House strongly Condemns the continuous use of Estimated Billing System for Abians contrary to what should be obtainable in the system

2. That the House do urge EEDC to commence the distribution of free prepaid metres to consumers in the State as directed by the Federal Government

3. That the House should as a matter of urgency consider and pass into Law H.A.B. 12: The Abia State Electric Power Authority and Power Stations Bill

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4. That the State should look into alternative power supply for the State

5. That the House do urge EEDC to commence repairs and replacement of broken and faulty EEDC equipment

6. That the House do invite the Regional Manager of EEDC in its Executive Session for interaction with a view to finding a lasting solution to the menace.

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After contributions from the Deputy Speaker, Rt Hon Ifeanyi Uchendu, Rt Hon Chikwendu Kalu, Rt Hon Kennedy Njoku, Hon Abraham Oba, Hon Chijioke Chukwu, Hon Emeka Okoroafor, Hon Obinna Ichita, Hon Aaron Uzodike and Hon Jerry Uzosike,  it was resolved that the Clerk of the House should invite executive officials of EEDC to a session with the House on the matter.


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