Electricity: Kogi Rural Dwellers Lament Alleged Exploitation by DISCOs

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Rural dwellers in Kogi State have cried out over what they termed, “the exploitation” of consumers by Electricity Distribution Companies.

They alleged that the power distribution company covering Kogi has been serving them exorbitant bills even as power was barely provided.

Our reporters who visited Odo Ere, Iyamerin and Igbaruku, all in Yagba West Local Government Area was told how the company has been collecting money for un-provided services.

At Igbaruku, a middle aged primary school teacher who simply identified herself as Mrs. Adeyemi told Vanguard how electricity consumers were being exploited in the area.

She said, “As you can see, we barely have electricity here. At times, we may not even have electricity supply for two weeks, yet, the electricity distribution company will come with bogus bills.

“What we don’t know is how they generate their bills. How can you ask an old woman who didn’t see light for 21 days in a month to pay N3000 for what she did not use? This is the highest level of corruption. Where are we going in Nigeria?

“We are using this opportunity to appeal to the Federal Ministry of Power to intervene and save us from this daylight robbery by the electricity distribution companies. They are killing us.”

We buy petrol at exorbitant rate and now, we pay for the electricity we didn’t use. This is unfair to the masses of Nigeria.”

In Mopamuro Local Government Area, the story was the same. Residents groan under the heavy bills given by the electricity distribution companies despite the fact that power supply has become a luxury in the area.

Mr. Adeola, a civil servant from Agbajogun Amuro, said despite the fact that supply of power to his residence was cut off since April, the distribution company still bring bills to him.

Credit: Vanguard