Kuje community protests outrageous bills, epileptic power supply

Some residents of Old NEPA Road in Kuje Area Council of the FCT, on Tuesday, protested epileptic power supply and outrageous billing of electricity consumers.

The protesters blocked the entrance to Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) office in Kuje and carried placards with the inscription “Stop giving us electricity bills without light.’’

The leader of the protesters, Mrs Princess Oge, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that AEDC sends them electricity bills regularly without regular supply of electricity.

She said that AEDC had no reason billing consumers for the months of Febuary to June since there was complete power outage during the period.

“From February to June this year, there was no electricity in this area, yet we received electricity bills every month.

“In the interest of peace and harmonious relation, I call on AEDC to cancel the bills since there was no supply of power within the period.

“We are also appealing to the government to come to our aid to address this problem to avoid fracas that may likely occur if this problem is not resolved,’’ she said.

The protesters vowed to resist payment of electricity from February to June and urged AEDC to reverse the charges.

Miss Blessing Eze, another protester, who spoke to NAN, said the distribution of bills without power supply was not in the interest of the community.

She said billing of consumers after several months of complete power outage was a violation of their right.

She said they would resist any attempt by AEDC to embark on disconnection in the area.