Group chides PHEDC for outrageous bills, hoarding meters

By Isaac Job

A socio cultural group under aegis of Mboho Mkparawa Ibibio has expressed dissatisfaction against Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHEDC) for imposing outrageous bills and hoarding prepaid meters just to shortchange customers.

The group also frowned at situations where customers buy electricity poles, transformers and other accessories only for power distribution company to hijack them and forced owners to pay bills without reimbursing the cost.

In a communique issued on Sunday in Uyo, Akwa Ibom state capital and signed by the International President, Akparawa James Edet, the socio cultural organisations observed that individuals or communities in the state purchase and install transformers, electricity poles and cables at their expense, only for PHEDC to later take ownership of such facilities adding that such attitude is totally wrong and unacceptable .

The communique reads in parts: “It is unethical and against business principle for PHEDC or any distribution company in the country to surreptitiously arm twist individuals or communities to repair or replace damaged power facilities while the distribution companies are only interested in the circulation and collection of outrageous bills;

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” PHEDC, should, as a matter of urgency commence the distribution of prepaid meters to its customers in the state and desist henceforth from giving outrageous estimated bills to Akwa Ibom households.”

The social cultural group explained that such sharp practices by PHEDC was against business ethics for distribution company to arm twist individuals and communities to replace damaged power facilities while they are interested in circulation and collection of over bloated bills

The group commended the state government for planning to float state owned power distribution company adding that such investment will improve power supply in the state, boost industrialisation and small scale business as well as create wealth, empower the citizenry and ultimately improve the state’s economy.

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