The Abuja Electrical energy Distribution Firm (AEDC) has been known as out for allegedly putting in a supposed new electrical energy meter with an impressive 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 Street 15 to repair the meter however didn’t activate.
The following day, the owner, Mr A. A. (Full title withheld) and tenants known as the corporate to report the matter.
AEDC replied that they had closed for the day and will solely resolve the difficulty 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 ultimately activated, we found it was not the meter paid for. I came upon after utilizing BuyPower (WhatsApp possibility) to buy N5,000 gentle.
“Confused, I checked the transaction particulars and noticed an impressive 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 gadget.
“We known as AEDC once more on Monday. One Ibrahim of the Buyer Care Unit assured it might be rectified. As I communicate nearly one week later, a unsuitable 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 reveals the title, handle (not the owner’s or residence), and unsettled invoice.
They described the state of affairs because the “peak of irresponsibility”, lamenting their nearly one week of frustration.
“If Nigeria was a rustic the place justice is well timed disbursed and enough compensation granted, many private and non-private establishments could 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 cellphone 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 carried out.
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 items. In the event that they carried that specific meter from one other place to your house, the debt shall be there. New meters don’t carry debt.
DAILY POST reviews that there have been related complaints by clients in Abuja and different elements of the nation.