More Problems for Abuja Disco
There seems to be more problems on the way for the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, AEDC. The previous week, it was the regulator’s sanctions on the company for flagrant abuse of the law through continuous billing customers on estimation, and this week the consumers group threatened to sue the company if it goes ahead with the plan to review tariffs upwards.
The management of the Disco had recently notified electricity customers and the general public of its intention to increase tariff in order to offer more quality services to them. The publication called for consultations with the customers in line with the new policy of the regulator on the process for achieving tariff reviews.
In response to the plan of the Disco, the Electricity Consumers Association of Nigeria (ECAN), the consumers group recently set up by the regulator, stated that Abuja Disco had failed to provide quality and efficient services and should therefore suspend any plans to increase tariff.
The consumers group has officially written a strongly worded letter signed by National President of ECAN, Chijioke James, to the management of Abuja Disco asking it to address customers’ dissatisfaction and other sundry matters that grieve the customers in the areas of its operation.
A copy of the letter which was made available to pressmen declared; ‘After the emergency meeting of the Electricity Consumers Association of Nigeria (ECAN), ECAN wishes to register its objection to your intention to review tariffs upwards at this stage on the following grounds:
•The constitution and the Electric Power Act 2005, which you relied on, gives a disco responsibilities to the consumers upon which they can rely to review tariffs as prescribed by relevant laws.
• Your persistent refusal to discharge your responsibilities to consumers within your jurisdiction makes it unjust, inequitable and impossible for you to rely on and or invoke the provisions of the law to take advantage of our consumers within your jurisdiction.
• We wish to remind you that over 50 per cent of consumers within your jurisdiction are unmetered.
ECAN stressed its intention to commence a class action should the management of Abuja Disco go ahead with the plan to increase tariff under the current circumstances.