Ten­sion in S’east over plan to dis­card pre­paid me­ters

The Punch - - BUSINESS & ECONOMY - Tony Okafor, Awka

TEN­SION is build­ing up in the South-east over al­leged plan by the Enugu Elec­tric­ity Dis­tri­bu­tion Com­pany to dis­card pre­paid me­ter­ing and rein­tro­duce es­ti­mated billing.

on Mon­day scores of pro­test­ers took to the streets of omagba in onit­sha con­demn­ing the act. They vowed to re­sist the de­vel­op­ment with the last drop of their blood.

They called on the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment to in­ter­vene and save them from the stran­gle­hold of a cer­tain mon­ey­bag who they ac­cused of rip­ping off the peo­ple of the area through the EEDC.

one of the pro­test­ers who gave his name sim­ply as Anay­ochukwu told our cor­re­spon­dent, “I went to their of­fice to see what was go­ing on. I dis­cov­ered that they had cre­ated a desk with a worker who is at­tend­ing to cus­tomers, try­ing to con­vince them to go into di­rect con­nec­tion (es­ti­mated). The re­fused me to recharge my pre­paid me­ter.

“The gullible and im­pa­tient ones are fall­ing to their an­tics. I en­gaged the worker to find out when, if I fill the form for di­rect con­nec­tion, the new me­ter will be sup­plied to me. The man said he had no idea.

“True to our fear, it could take months or years. That’s why we de­cided to protest.”

Jour­nal­ists of South East Ex­trac­tion un­der the aegis of Izun­wanne had also in a sim­i­lar protest warned the EEDC to de­sist from rein­tro­duc­ing es­ti­mated billing by decom­mis­sion­ing ac­tive pre­paid me­ters to cus­tomers.

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