Save us from ikedc ex­tor­tion

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Omoniwa ay­obamidele, 3, Oduyemi street, an­i­fowoshe, ikeja, la­gos state, +23480 59001:

I write on be­half of the in­di­vid­u­als who sub­scribed and pur­chased res­i­den­tial hous­ing units, (ap­prox­i­mately nine apart­ments) known as “GLORY COURT” within Omole Phase 1 Estate, Ikeja.

We write out of the frustration we are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing in se­cur­ing pre­paid me­ters for our apart­ments and to cry out over the in­ces­sant ou­tra­geous elec­tric­ity bill of N500,000 we re­ceive monthly for our apart­ments.

Af­ter sev­eral meet­ings and de­lib­er­a­tions with the Ikeja Elec­tric team and cus­tomer ser­vice unit at the Head Of­fice and the IKDC Busi­ness Unit Man­agers for our area, noth­ing has been done, till date, to ad­dress our ap­pli­ca­tion for the in­stal­la­tion of pre­paid me­ters.

The most painful part in all of this tra­vail is the con­tin­u­ous ex­ploita­tion and fraud­u­lent prac­tices of the IKEDC per­son­nel who are re­spon­si­ble for me­ter­ing our res­i­dence. Aside from be­ing on es­ti­mated billing for sev­eral months, we have now con­sis­tently re­ceived ou­tra­geous bills of be­tween N400,000 and N500,000 ev­ery month since the IKEDC of­fi­cials fraud­u­lently in­stalled an in­dus­trial MD me­ter meant for a com­mer­cial busi­ness with a high com­mer­cial tar­iff when we are only a pri­vate res­i­dence with no busi­ness or com­mer­cial oper­a­tion tak­ing place in our pri­vate homes.

Last Septem­ber, they told us to write re­quest­ing the In­dus­trial MD me­ter to be re­moved from our pri­vate apart­ments and to con­vert our trans­former to a pub­lic use in­stead of the pri­vate use they as­signed to us; since then, noth­ing has been done.

Whilst we have con­sis­tently protested this ou­tra­geous bill and our cry has fallen on dear hears and we are con­sis­tently dis­con­nected from the elec­tric­ity source with­out any res­o­lu­tion or so­lu­tion. Once we make pay­ment with the hope that the mat­ter would be ad­dressed ap­pro­pri­ately yet noth­ing was done with loads of sev­eral bro­ken prom­ises ac­com­pa­nied with lies, de­cep­tion and very con­de­scend­ing cus­tomer ser­vice.

Go­ing by the eco­nomic sit­u­a­tion of our coun­try, we are tired and we have got to the end point. It is not sus­tain­able for us to be pay­ing over N500,000 monthly on elec­tric­ity.

We can’t af­ford to pay this again; this is clear case of ex­ploita­tion and fraud. Yet, they keep dis­con­nect­ing us if we don’t pay and no so­lu­tion in sight.

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