The Committee for Development and Human Rights (CDHR) , Ogun State Chapter on Tuesday has told the Electricity Distribution companies In Nigeria, DisCos, that Nigerians can not continue to pay for darkness in the country.
It therefore advised them to change their decision on the increase in electricity bill or they provide meters for all Nigerians.
The National Secretary of CDHR, Comrade Yinka disclosed this on Tuesday while leading a peaceful protest to the State House of Assembly.
Folarin alleged that the electricity distribution company charged Nigerians outrageously for service it never rendered.
The protesters numbering about twenty carried placards with various inscriptions such as ‘Increment in electricity tariff slavery of highest order’, ‘No prepaid meter no billing’, ‘Nigerians deserves constant electricity not exploitation’, ‘Fix electricity problem first increment in electricity tariff’ among others.
Folarin however demanded that the electricity distribution company should provide prepaid meters to its customers rather than increasing the fees.
He said, ”We have come out this morning to Tell our representative, in ogun state that the distribution company has not been fair to the people. We have come to say that Nigerians we purchase transformer, and they will be compelled to write letter of donation of transformer to them. To even maintain you still have to beg them, they have to extort you before they can do what is expected of them”
”We want increase in quality service delivery in Ogun state, We want the distribution company to respect the right of the people. We want them to do the needful by maintaining power as it should be
”We appreciate that one of us will actually send message to them. Sometimes ago, a stakeholder forum was converged here, where many complaints from different quarters were actually played. We are still expecting the distribution company to do the needful by addressing the challenges confronting electricity in our state here .
”We have seen a situation where Nigerians can hardly enjoy 8- hour electricity, yet they will bring their estimated billing. We can not continue to pay for darkness, we want to say no to estimated billing, we want them to supply us prepaid meter, we want to have accurate billing, by so doing if all these are met, we have no doubt that Nigerians will be happy to pay for services they enjoy but where such is not available, Nigerians we are fighting for and we are part of this country, we are saying no to payment for darkness.
“We have demanded that they should provide us prepaid meter, no prepaid meter no billing. We have come to say no to obnoxious billing . They will seat down in their four corners of their room and just draft what they like and give to the masses that they should pay. We are virtually expected that the distribution company and the company in charge of electricity should be part of those that will put smiles on the faces of the people at the end of this pandemic, but what we are suspected of them can be so barbaric, inhumane and condemnable.
Meanwhile, the speaker of Ogun State House of Assembly, Olakunle Oluomo has assured the group that it is ready to do everything within his capacity to help deliver the message to the national assembly.
He said, ”We align with you, we appreciate with you, we agreed with your request. I want to align with the statement of Mr Vice President that Nigerians are good people, when you offer them good services and they are ready to pay but the precondition is before you can say you want to increase tariff, give us good service, give us prepaid meter, anything short of that is not acceptable to member even your representative in Ogun State House of Assembly . He concluded