Protesting workers, consumers shut down Ebonyi EEDC over crazy billing

Members of Staff of National Union of Electricity Employees and
consumers of electricity in Ebonyi State numbering over 50 yesterday
shot down the Ebonyi State office of the Enugu Electricity
Distribution Company EEDC for more than 2 hours during a peaceful
protest over alleged arbitrary and crazy billing in the state.
 
Leadership gathered that the protesters who besieged the office at
about 8 in the morning chanting solidarity songs and other slogans
shut offices of the Company and barricaded all roads leading in and
out of the Headquarters thereby disrupting vehicular movement in the
area.
 
The protesters who were later joined by the Students of Ebonyi State
University carried placards with inscriptions such as EDDC stop
Arbitrary Billing, Stop Load rejection, provide meters to consumers
and stop operating without condition of service.
 
Addressing newsmen, the spokesperson of the protesters, Mr. Sampson
Uneke who expressed dissatisfaction over alleged fraudulent services
being rendered by EDDC insisted that the company has failed in their
duties and responsibilities as contained in work ethics.
 
Among other issues the workers are protesting against the company
includes, loads rejection, indiscriminate sack of workers, arbitrary
and crazy billing, de-unionization of workers, intimidation and
harassment of workers with security agents, poor working conditions,
no meter for customers, no job security anti labour policies and
ritual of burning live cows among others.
 
Another protester who spoke to Leadership on grounds of anonymity
called on the Distribution Company to provide consumers in the state
with prepaid meters and upgrade its distribution infrastructure to
improve on electricity supply.
 
In a related development, residents of No 30 Works Road Hilltop
Abakaliki have appealed to Enugu Electricity Distribution Company to
address the issue of power surge following a fire incident that
occurred in the area.
 
The owner of the property, Mr. Chidi Ekwueme alleged that the fire
which almost razed a super market located in the building was caused
by a power surge from EDDC Transformer.
 
In an interview with Leadership, the Communication Manger of EDDC in
the State, Mr. Chinedu Ilo explained that the Company had put in place
measures to address its infrastructural challenges but denied any form
of load rejection.
 
Mr. Ilo promised to investigate the alleged power surge pointing out
that the issue of poor power supply was not peculiar to the State as
other states are experiencing the same situation.
 
He called on the protesters to always channel their grievances
appropriately rather than take laws into their hands. leadership
further gathered that it took the quick intervention of mobile
policemen to dispass the protesting workers and consumers.

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