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Ebonyi Assembly summons EEDC over alleged high electricity tariff

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House of Assembly in Ebonyi State on Monday, summoned the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, EEDC, over alleged high tariff and epileptic power supply experienced in the state.

Report has claimed a significant cut in electricity supply in the state in the last few weeks with increase in tariff charges.

The matter came up during the assembly plenary under a matter of urgent public importance.

The embattled Deputy Speaker of the House and member representing Afikpo North-West Constituency, Honourable Kingsley Ikoro, while moving a motion on the matter said the company had been charging the masses very high without electricity supply, a situation he said was not acceptable.

“For instance, I left my house for a month only at the end of the day due to their general billing, they came and brought a bill of N54,000 in a house where no one stayed for a month

“If you go to our villages, our people are really suffering this. I think it’s high time we invite the owners of EEDC to come and explain to us.

“In Afikpo North Local Government, there has not been light for the past eight years and they have been bringing bills. They have to come and explain to the people of Ebonyi State why they are doing this,” he stated.

The leader of the house and member representing Ezza North-West Constituency, Victor Chukwu, while seconding the motion, alleged that the company had been extorting the people.

He lamented that in many places in the state, there has not been electricity for long while EEDC has been billing consumers.

He stated that the people would have gone on a protest against the company but for their peaceful approach. He charged the assembly to summon the company.

The Speaker of the House, Francis Nwifuru, ordered the house committee on power to invite the company to give its own side of the story in order to find a better way forward.

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