Residents and business owners in Lagos State on Wednesday decried the low supply of power to customers by Ikeja Electric Plc and Eko Electricity Distribution Company Ltd.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that electricity supply to majority of the areas in Lagos State, which is Nigeria’s commercial capital, has dwindled over the past weeks.
The situation has been worsened by the ongoing scarcity of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), which serves as an alternative fuel by residents to power their homes and businesses.
Mr Surai Fadairo, National President,
Energy Consumer Rights and Responsibilities Initiative (ECRRI),told NAN that many parts of Lagos were currently getting below six hours of electricity supply daily.
Fadairo said: “The situation these past few weeks has been terrible. We have received so many complaints from various areas about the poor condition of electricity being supplied to them.
“While some have been in total darkness for weeks, others barely get up to six hours supply from Eko and Ikeja DisCos.
“Yet, at month end, they come with outrageous estimated bills that should be paid by customers for power not used.”
He urged the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) to call the DisCos to order in line with its statutory regulatory responsibilities.
A business centre operator under Ikeja Electric, Mr Chidi Onwuka, said the DisCo had been taking customers for granted with their epileptic power supply.
Onwuka said the situation was affecting his business negatively, especially as getting petrol to power his generators had also become difficult due to the scarcity of the product.
“ This is the time for us to read the agreement they signed. No power, no payment or distribution of bills,” he added.
Also, Mr Moses Ayoola, another customer in Egbeda area, told NAN that the DisCos should do the needful by reducing the tariffs charged to customers.
Ayoola explained that the hike in tariffs was predicated on increased supply which the DisCos had failed to do in recent times.
Mr Tunde Cole, a resident at Command Ipaja axis of the state said his area only has light for 15 days in a month due to load shedding by Ikeja Electric.
“We use light for 15 days in a month, and in a day we don’t get supplied up to five hours of power. Yet we are billed N30,000 plus in a month for 15 days light”, he said.
A resident of Ojo, Miss Joy Odeh, said EKEDC power supply to Agbabiaka axis of the area had been very poor which had affected small businesses in the area.