Residents of Maiduguri, Borno state capital, are irked by the recent uninterrupted electricity supply which has caused astronomical increase in charges. .
Yola Electricity Distribution Company (YEDC) came under attack by residents who see the 24 hours electricity supply as waste and digging holes in their pockets. .
The constant power supply, according to the residents, had caused what they described as “outrageous billings.’’ Mr. Ibrahim Suleiman, a resident who lives in Bolori Layout, appealed to the YEDC to reduce supply of electricity. .
“YEDC should go back to the former supply system where electricity was supplied for 12 hours and not 24 hours recently being enjoyed. Suleiman described the stable power supply as a “wastage” because many consumers cannot use electricity during working hours. .
“I work from 7 p.m. to 4 p.m. So I do not need any electricity until I get home. But in this case, whether you consume power or not, you will be billed to pay for it. I think this is not fair, “he said. .
Residents told newsmen on Tuesday that the incurring high bills was worrisome. They said that it was not in the interest of the masses, because it has hindered economic activities and social life of the people. .
They also alleged that YEDC jacked up their electricity bills by over 100 per cent for commercial and residential areas sequel to appreciable improvement in power supply in the metropolis. .
Responding, Alhaji Usman Wakta, the YEDC Maiduguri Business Manager, said the company does not bill its customers arbitrarily. .
“These complaints may be as a result of the commissioning of the 330kV transmission line which now supplies electricity 24 hours, “ he said.
He added that before the commissioning of the new line, the stations relied on the 132KV controlled from Biu, which can only supply for a period of 10 to 12 hours per day.