Consumers Accuse Ikeja Electric Of Endemic Corruption …Say it will not pay 50% increment tarriff for Inefficiency
There was a mild drama on Monday at the public consultation on extraordinary tarriff review by Ikeja Electric when aggrieved members of the public storm the venue to protest illegal disconnection and crazy bills by Ikeja Electric.
Led by Comrade Shina Loremikan, Coordinator, Campaign Against Impunity, CAI, and Comrade Samuel Ilori of Consumer Advocacy Committee, the program had barely commenced when angry protesters donning T-shirts and placards with various inscription such as, “Illegal Disconnection Is A Criminal Offense And Must Stop,” “ Say No To Tarriff Increase Rate” amongst other started chanting solidarity songs.
The program was disrupted momentarily before some elders at the forum appealed to the protesting groups to allow the consultation to continue.
Thereafter , Comrade Ilori, who left the hall to pick some placards from his car was assaulted by a police man from Area G Division, Ogba when he was prevented from gaining access into the venue of the consultation.
The issue was later resolved after the two groups have protested the injustice meted to one of its leaders.
Those who spoke at the consultation were unanimous that at least pre-paid meters must be given to ninety percent of Ikeja Electric consumers before contemplating on any increment.
They also accused the National Electric Regulation Commission,NERC, of colluding with Ikeja Electric to rip off consumers, an allegation the representative of NERC Director General denied.
The consumers at the forum accused the Ikeja Electric of not following NERC guidelines and also put it on notice that should it increase the tarriff by 50% from N27.3 per kilowatts to N44.58Kwt, as being proposed,It will challenge the action in court.
“You have not invested anything, but relying on consumers money to invest.
“Tarriff increment by 50% is evil, we will go to court.”