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Estimated billings killing us – Bauchi residents accuse JEDC of extortion




The Jos Electrical energy Distribution Firm (JEDC) has been accused of extorting its prospects in Bauchi and unnecessarily delaying the availability of pay as you go meters to prospects.

To make sure that electrical energy shoppers had been correctly charged for the electrical energy they eat, the Federal Authorities had in September, 2020 rolled out the Nationwide Mass Metering Programme (NMMP) to remove arbitrary estimated billings, amongst different functions.

Virtually a 12 months because the graduation of the mass metering programmes, Bauchi residents have complained that JEDC has but to make pay as you go meters accessible to them however quite continues to cost them for his or her month-to-month electrical energy consumption based mostly on estimated billings.

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Some residents who spoke with DAILY POST alleged that JEDC is extorting them by way of estimated billing, including that they’re being charged greater than what they really eat month-to-month.

DAILY POST interviewed some residents in Bauchi space of Federal Low-cost, Aisha Baba, and Muhammad Idris. All of them claimed that the amount of cash they’ve been paying month-to-month on the JED’s estimated billing was not consistent with their consumption.

Alhaji Baba claimed that the payments he’s paying in each his home and store are too exorbitant, informing that, “I pay N6,500 as electrical energy invoice in my store, whereas in my home, I pay N4,000 month-to-month.

“The payments are too exorbitant even though what we’re paying to JEDC is far in comparison with the precise electrical energy being provided to us. The one resolution to cease this extortion is for JEDC to offer all of its prospects with pay as you go meters. With this, we are going to solely be paying for the electrical energy we eat.”

A client who operates a enterprise centre at Wunti Dada, the place the Bauchi State Polytechnic is situated, Hajiya Halima Sani, made comparable claims to these of Alhaji Baba, saying that estimated billing has not been useful to prospects.

Based on her, making pay as you go meter accessible to its prospects, JEDC would now not lose revenues and likewise be certain that prospects are paying for the precise electrical energy they eat.

“It isn’t been simple paying these estimated billings JEDC brings for me each month. The cash I’m paying is excessive in comparison with the precise electrical energy I eat in my store. That is nothing however dishonest. Let the corporate expedite motion on offering pay as you go meters. With pay as you go meter, I’m certain I can be paying per the electrical energy I used,” Hajiya Sani stated.

When contacted for his response to the allegations levelled towards his firm, JEDC Regional Supervisor in Bauchi, Auwalu Babajada, denied the allegations of extortion.

Based on him, opposite to prospects’ declare that JEDC was not offering prospects with pay as you go meters, the corporate had truly put in 22,000 metres to its prospects, including that this was being completed in phases.

Whereas interesting to prospects to be affected person and cooperate with the distribution firm, Babajada assured that by the primary week of September, one other batch of consumers’ properties could be metered.

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