Residents of Jakande Estate Ejigbo community, Lagos Mainland, yesterday, Sunday, December 9, 2018, staged a protest against power distribution company, Ikeja Electric, over high estimated billing system served to residents across the community.
During the protest, the residents carrying different placards claimed that the six months period given to the company by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to give over 3,000 customers prepaid meters has elapsed without responding to their demands.
The residents in their numbers marched across parts of the community before stopping at the undertaken office of the power company to air their displeasure on the estimated bills.
Some of the residents stated that they were over billed with estimated billing system and that they would not henceforth pay for electricity until they are given prepaid meters.
Commenting on the development, the Leader of Estate Youth Parliament (EYP), Yusuf Adeyemi said the NERC had on May 24, 2018 ordered the Ikeja Electric to meter every customer in the Estate within six months which elapsed on the 24th of November.
He stated that the electricity distribution company has, instead of heeding the order of the regulatory company, wrote back to the community that it would not be able to meter the community until 2019.
Adeyemi said Ikeja Electric claimed that the inadequate power supply to the community was due to limited allocation from Transmission Company on Nigeria (TCN).
He added that the company claimed that its unmetered customers were billed based on supply availability in line with NERC’s approved estimated billing methodology.
Furthermore, the NEPA Chairman of the community, Mr. Tajudeen Gbolahan Lawal told Daily Post that he has been engaging the Ikeja Electric on the matter for more than three years without any positive response.
He said the community could not take it anymore, charging the company to come and remove its wires from the community if it would not meter them.
He claimed that other communities within the state have been metered and paid less while they are charged more than what they consume.