MONDAYBUSINESS ECO­NOMIC IN­SIGHT In­stall pre­paid me­ters or stop billing us, youths tell Abuja Disco

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Hassan Ibrahim, Lafia

The Youth Wing of Mada De­vel­op­ment As­so­ci­a­tion (MDA), has urged Abuja Elec­tric­ity Dis­tri­bu­tion Com­pany (AEDC) to in­stalled pre­paid me­ters in Ak­wanga or stop send­ing bills to cus­tomers in the area.

Na­tional pres­i­dent of the as­so­ci­a­tion, Com­rade Gyuni Umaru, who stated this yes­ter­day dur­ing the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the newly elected of­fi­cials of the as­so­ci­a­tion in Ak­wanga LGA, Nasarawa State, said they would not sit back and watch pri­vate en­ter­prises that bought pub­lic ameni­ties ex­ploit their peo­ple and de­stroyed the eco­nomic base of the area.

Umaru said, “The poor power sup­ply and over pay­ment in elec­tric­ity bill is se­ri­ously af­fect­ing com­mer­cial ac­tiv­i­ties in Ak­wanga and we will not fold our hands and watch things con­tinue like this. In­stall the pre­paid me­ters, even if the power has not im­proved the peo­ple would know that they are pay­ing for what they con­sumed.”

Umaru said that AEDC had vi­o­lated the di­rec­tive to in­stall pre­paid me­ters for all elec­tric­ity con­sumers in the coun­try by the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment. “De­spite in­struc­tion to all Dis­cos to me­ter their cus­tomers, AEDC has re­fused to me­ter the en­tire peo­ple in Nasarawa, thereby short­chang­ing our peo­ple by col­lect­ing out­ra­geous bills.

“We will pe­ti­tion the head­quar­ters of AEDC to ei­ther me­ter our peo­ple be­fore the end of 2017 or face protest by the youths be­cause we will re­sist this ex­ploita­tion,” Umaru added.

Ear­lier, the Paramount ruler of Mada chief­dom, the Chun Mada Sam­son Gamu-Yare, ad­vised the youths to shun so­cial vices and en­gage in prof­itable ven­tures.

The royal fa­ther promised to sup­port what­ever pro­gramme the youths would pur­sue to bet­ter the liv­ing con­di­tions of peo­ple in the area. (NAN)

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