No fewer than 300 electricity consumers from School Road /Tetlow Road Axis in Owerri capital city today Monday 3rd July stormed the Customer Care Centre of the Owerri Electricity Distribution Company protesting alleged poor services rendered by the company and need to be given a new transformer.
Ifeanyicy.com reports that the protesters who carried different placards with inscriptions such as “We pay huge bills without light’, ‘Tetlow /School has been in darkness for over four months now’, NEPA , we say no to estimated billing system’, among others threatened they will no longer pay bills and warned the EEDC to desist from issuing estimated bills to residents without light. We need a new transformer.
“Henceforth, residents of of School /Tetlow Axis will no longer pay any dime into the coffers of EEDC unless light is quickly restored in the area,” said protesters.
“God himself does not dwell in darkness and anybody who wants the people to live in darkness is an agent of darkness.
“We will adopt no light, no pay policy in this area because we can no longer afford to pay bills and live in darkness.
Their petition which read:
"With reference to our letter dated April 28 captioned "OUR LEAKING TRANSFORMER" notifying you of our purchase of Oil Seal for its repair and appeal for you to send your officials to carryout the maintenance of our transformer received same day in your office as attached therein. We the above group do hereby write to inform you that the said transformer has packed up due to the inability of your maintenance team to carryout it's maintenance almost three months after notification of its status.
We the users, after considering the inconvenience and huge cost incurred on the said transformer the last time it broke down, due hereby apply for a new transformer to ease off the task of driving people to pay for its maintenance again at least for sometime. The said letter was endorsed by Victor Agunonu and Eze Chigozie as Chairman and Secretary respectively and addressed to the Network Manager EEDC, Owerri Main Office, Douglas /Royce Road,Owerri and dated today 28th June, 2017."
As they besieged the building demanding for transformer, though living in the heart of the state capital, they had not had light since November last year due to damaged transformer.
The allegedly contributed and paid huge money to the PHCN yet no hope at sight hence they latest option to press down on the authorities to install their transformer and give them light.