Kogi: Lokoja residents threaten protest over hike in electricity billing by AEDC

Some residents of Lokoja, the Kogi State Capital, have continued to lament over the astronomical electricity bills coming from their


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Kogi: Lokoja residents threaten protest over hike in electricity billing by AEDC


Some residents of Lokoja, the Kogi State Capital have continued to lament over the astronomical electricity bills coming from their distribution company, Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC).
 
Residents, who spoke to journalists on Tuesday said they will plan a mass protest against AEDC.
 
Some residents in Lokoja the Kogi State capital comprising of youths are planning to stage a mass protest  against Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC)over astronomical electricity bills generously distributed to  customers  who live in residential areas
 
It was gathered that, for the past three months the electricity bills are been hiked on monthly basis with at least 40 percent increment
 
Findings by Our Kogi State Correspondent revealed that, People living in a face me- I face you one room apartment pays as high as #12,700 from the initial # 5, 700 that was paid five months ago with a two bedroom flat also paying #12,700 as bill each month.
 
To make matters worse, our investigations revealed that the AEDC has devised what some call a' dubious means' to get more revenue by separating customers in a building and giving them separate bill of #12,700 each which ordinarily supposed to be shared among the occupants of the building
 
For example, our correspondent visited a compound located at No 12 J J street, behind Ava hotel Lokoja where there are some few flats of residence and discovered that in that compound alone, the residents who are mostly low income earners are made to cough out over #380,000 a month on electricity bills as one- storey building which used to pay a bill of #8,700 now pays over #50,000 a month.
 
This is because each occupier of a flat in the one - storey building has been given as separate bill of over#12, 700 each while a building housing a two-bedroom flat and three face me- I face you room apartment are also being separately given a bill of #12,700 each instead of the #5,700 they were paying in May.
 
Our correspondent also learnt that the electricity bills kept on increasing since June when they were a slight improvement on the supply of electricity as there is always a #2,000 increment by each month without consideration to the biting economic hardships of the people.
 
It was learnt that several customers who went to complain at the AEDC office were turned back on the excuse that the Abuja headquarters of the transmission company was the one who gave the blanket monthly increments as they were helpless over the matter.
 
 
 
One of the aggrieved customers, Mrs Anjara Danladi who spoke to our correspondent over the incessant hike in the electricity bills said the bills brought was too harsh and anti-masses.
 
However, when our correspondent visited the AEDC office along IBB way near the UBA a woman who identified herself as Mrs Folashade and  head of customers care unit says the bill has come to stay and that  the customers have to bear the cost since for the weeks the electricity supply has been slightly improved.
 


 


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Odimayo Olatunde Frederick
graduate of Mass Communication and Kogi State Correspondent of Fresh Angle International Newspaper
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