Ekiti Landlords Threaten BEDC With Legal Action Over Billings

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Mr. Babatunde Fashola, Minister of Works, Housing and Power

By; OLADELE. ADEDAYO, Ado-Ekiti

The Ekiti State Landlords Electricity Consumers’ Association has expressed readiness to engage the Benin Electricity Distribution Company(BEDC) ‎in law battle over what it called ‘outrageous and killing’ tariffs being imposed on them in the state.

They also alleged that the BEDC was deliberately hoarding the prepaid meters which were to be given out free, saying this was done purposely to cheat the consumers so that “they can keep bringing their concocted,outrageous bill of electricity we did not use”

The landlords asked the company to make available to landlords
pre-paid meters to end the seemingly endless regime of extortion and ‎arbitrary bills being slammed on the residents of the state.

The association said these in a statement signed by its Chairman, Dr. Ibukun Ogundipe and Pastor Seye C.O. and made available to newsmen on Wednesday in Ado-Ekiti,the state capital.

However,the body directed all the landlords in the state to be paying N3, 000‎ monthly charges until the prepaid meters that will ensure accurate reading of electricity consumed without people being shortchanged are provided.

It said it had directed his lawyer to file a suit against BEDC over this ‘unmitigated pain’ its members have been encountering through the ‎company’s operations, urging Consumer Protection Agency to call the company to order in the interest of the public.

The statement reads: “This association has met severally on the
unimaginable and wicked exploitation through outrageous and arbitrary ‎billing of all electricity consumers who do not have prepaid meters in Ado-Ekiti and environs.

“Electricity generation and distribution no doubt, is the fulcrum on‎ which any national development rest upon. Since the management of BEDC commence operation in Ekiti, we have observed the following.

“Today,because many of us don’t have prepaid, the commonest bill now ranges between N10, 000 and N18,000 per month, even for one room apartment,this is unacceptable and we reject this totally.
“The outrageous billing does not in any way match the epileptic power
supply of electricity,which has caused incalculable damage to our
electrical appliances.
“We have realized that all the communities maintain the electricity installations and replace components of transformers stolen by vandals . Each community has committed millions in this regard.

“We have decided to mobilize the entire people of Ado -Ekiti in an
unprecedented protest to carry out indefinite picketing on BEDC
premises until out case is looked into”,it concluded.

The BEDC Public Relations Officer in Ekiti, Mr. Kayode Brown, said the
company has not circumventing the regulations of the National
Electricity Regulatory Commission(NERC) on electricity distribution,s‎aying the pre paid in their disposal had been allocated appropriately.

Brown said: “You can’t hoard what you don’t have. We have exhausted
what we have received so far to the targeted categories.

“The NERC instructed us to give the prepaid to industrialists first,
then the prime areas and the residential buildings in that order.

“So industrialists have benefitted and I know those complaining are
the house owners and they will get their soon, they should just bear with us”,he appealed.

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