|Protesting residents at the town hall meeting|
The residents, who said they barely got power supply from the AEDC but were made to cough out huge sums as bills, demanded that the AEDC should stop its operations in the area.
Some of the residents spoke to Northern City News in Lafia shortly after a town hall meeting organised by the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission.
A former Police Public Relations Officer, Nasarawa State Command, Isaac Ochenehi, expressed displeasure over alleged exploitation by the AEDC in the state.
Ochenehi described the AEDC as “an agent of imperialism,” adding that the estimated bills issued to him between October 30, 2014 and 2016 were too high, stressing that they were not commensurate with the electricity he consumed during the period.
He said, “For over two months I have not had electricity in my residence. Now July has not ended and the company has already served me with another crazy bill for power that I had not consumed. We are suffering; the situation is terrible in Nasarawa State.”
Another resident, Mr. Musa Muhammed, said for over three months, his area, Tudun Wada, had been without power supply.
He, therefore, urged the AEDC to stop its operation in the state, stressing that the people were dissatisfied with its performance.
“The company supplied us electricity yesterday (Thursday) because their superiors were around, otherwise, they would not have given us light,” he added.
Mr. John Hassan, a resident of Lafia East, stated that for the past two months, the AEDC had failed to supply electricity to most parts of the state, causing residents to live in darkness and discomfort.
His said, “The AEDC has succeeded only in transmitting darkness and we have been paying for darkness since April. The best thing is for them to leave or install prepaid meters in homes so that they can stop charging us for darkness.”
Reacting to various complaints, the AEDC Regional Manager, who was represented by the Keffi Area Manager, Mr. Clement Obanile, expressed sadness over the power situation in the state and apologised to the residents.
He said, “The AEDC is still a baby company of three years. For all that has happened, we are sincerely sorry. One of the major challenges facing Lafia is that Nasarawa is the only state without a super grid and Lafia is among the state capitals with the highest voltage level in the country, which is 330kv.
“So, I beg you to be patient as we work hard to improve supply to Lafia, because the truth is that electricity for Lafia comes from Akwanga and the voltage is not very good. By the time we have 330kv working in Nasarawa, the situation will change.” RECEIVE NEWS UPDATE ON: WHATSAPP +234 701 056 0394, AND TWITTER: @247NGNEWSUPDATE, EMAIL: INFO@247NIGERIANEWSUPDATE.CO FOR INSTANT UPDATES ON INSTAGRAM CLICK HERE Share your story with us: email@example.com PLACE YOUR TEXT ADVERT BELOW:>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>