From Joseph Amedu, Lokoja
Irked by the inadequate and irregular distribution of electricity by the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), hundreds of consumers in Lokoja took to the streets on Thursday in protest, demanding improved services.
The consumers are protesting the unstable supply coupled with exorbitant charges by the distribution company.
According to them, AEDC activities of recent has thrown the communities into untold hardship as businesses and other necessities of life requiring electricity are paralysed.
They also complained that the wrong timing of the power shedding has exposed them to the nefarious activities of the men of the under world.
Leader of the protesters, Liman Ishaq, who spoke to Journalists lamented that the distribution company has failed as it reneged on the agreement reached with consumers to supply them pre paid meters.
Ishaq maintained that the consumers are being short changed by the company charging high bills without commensurate service. “A one room apartment is being charged for 10,000 naira, while others pay 15,000naira and above monthly.’
Consumers from Ganaja village a suburb of Lokoja said with the constant outage of electricity in the night hours, thieves are having their field day. “They supply light for few hours in the afternoon and kept us in the dark till day break. We are not safe with this arrangement as robbers now use cover of darkness to terrorise residents”.
They called on the management of the company to remove the Lokoja business office manager for his incompetence and lack of managerial acumen.
The protesters marched from Ganaja village to the Lokoja Area Office ,but couldn’t meet the manager Engr Junaidu Oluwatoyin who was said to have travelled to Ayingba on duty.
However, spokesman of the AEDC in Lokoja, Engr James Olayemi, appealed to the protesters to be calm, promising that their grievances will be looked into without further delay.