AKHA MOVES TO CURB OVER- ESTIMATED BILLING BY PHEDC

AKHA MOVES TO CURB OVER- ESTIMATED BILLING BY PHEDC

 

Enwono-Abasi Elisha

The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly has moved to curb the activities of Portharcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHEDC) which has been alleged of extortion through numerous outcry of Akwa Ibom people through undue charges.

This was brought before the House by the Member representing Mkpat Enin State Constituency, Hon. Victor Ekwere, yesterday.

The motion titled, “Urgent need to curb extortion of electricity consumers in Akwa Ibom State,” the Lawmaker explained that the epileptic and irregular power supply experienced in the state is caused by the activities of PHEDC.

He recalled instances of blackout in Afaha Offot community in Uyo Local Government Area where for months the community has been induced by staff of PHEDC to pay bills without commiserate service delivery for the period.

The lawmaker also recalled the lingering case of blackout in Ikot Abasi Local Government Area which a protest was staged recently.

He further established that PHEDC has violated the law establishing it by mandating communities to purchase transformers and extort the same customer through over estimated billing.

The lawmaker said that the investment of Akwa Ibom State Government in the area of electricity has not been felt by the citizenry due to the activities of PHEDC.

The Speaker, Rt. Hon. Aniekan Bassey said that the issue raised affects every community in State which demands in depth investigation into the matter.

The matter was committed to the House Committee on Rural Development and Public Utilities and urged the committee to report to the House within two weeks.

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