Information gathered by Abia Facts Newspaper supports the fact that Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) is a contributing factor why businesses operating in Aba are rapidly shutting down due to over billing on businesses.
Our investigative team’s attention was drawn to this development by Electricity Consumers Union, Aba Chapter. Upon resuming investigation, we discovered that EEDC billing system in Aba is practically neck breaking for small and medium businesses in Aba.
In fact, based on the evidence placed before us, no business can survive with the outrages bills received by business owners in Aba and it’s environs.
We have a case study of one Obinna Uzokwe, who runs a one room nylon making factory located at Umuode, off Aba Port Harcourt Express, Osisioma Aba, Abia State. Mr. Obinna was billed N50,880 in October 2016, then in November 2016 his bill jumped to N369,558.4, in December of that same year 2016 his billed landed at N592,624.0. This obviously outrages and unbelievable.
The outrages bill by EEDC in Aba did not stop at 2016, in January 2017, Mr. Obinna Uzokwe was billed N498,157,6, in February the bill came down to N318,987.24 and in March 2017 it went high to N510,171.48.
Remember, that Mr. Obinna Uzokwe was paying N50,880 as at October 2016 and since then he has not added any single extra equipment that consumes power, which means his consumption rate remained constant except if they had extra working hours when power is available. So the question now is, why did his electricity bill skyrocket from N50,880 to N592,624.0 in two months?
Right now, Mr. Obinna Uzokwe’s business is shaking if not closed down because he can’t afford to pay such outrages bills. In fact, we gathered that both his machineries and financial capital used in running the business put together cannot pay the EEDC bill, which invariably means the business may shut down.
Mr. Obinna has written a protest letter as instructed by EEDC and no feed back from the organization for the last one month concerning the protest letter.
Other sampling also supports the fact that EEDC is taking advantage of Nigerians living and doing various kind of businesses in Aba with massive over billing. While EEDC executives smile to the bank, people living and doing business in Aba are crying.
The activities of EEDC is killing the industrialization plan Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu and he must step in to protect tax payers in Aba and its environs.
Abians must raise up and resist such impunity and broad day light robbery by EEDC.
Abia Facts Newspaper will dedicate its platform to publishing activities of EEDC in Aba and Abia State in general.
Photo: Evidence of Mr. Obinna Uzokwe Bills