A cross-section of Nigerians on Friday appealed to the nation’s electricity generation and distribution companies to make energy consumption people-friendly.
They said that their expectations after the unbundling of the defunct Power Holding Company of Nigeria (PHCN) have been dashed following the subsisting “crazy bills and the fixed rate billing of electricity.”
They made their appeals in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) during the National Conscience Party (NCP’s) rally/protest against the management of electricity providers in Lagos.
Mr Friday Arinze, who resides at Iyana-Ipaja, decried the what he termed the exorbitant bills of the new energy providers.
According to him, poor Nigerians who are in their millions, could not afford such electricity bills.
“The bills that they are giving us now is too exorbitant; they should allow the power to be regular.
“With the way they are going, the poor will not be able to live in this country, as the standard of living is becoming unbearable for the ordinary man,” he said.
Mr Jeremiah Olaoye, a businessman, who lives in Ikeja, also bemoaned the absence electricity supply in his area since November, 2013.
Olaoye described bills for electricity consumers as outrageous, adding that the categorisation of consumers was wrong.
“We have not had light in my area since November and at my shop, they bring us bills of about three thousand, five hundred Naira?
“I am appealing to them to provide constant electricity and they also need to reduce the charges; it is unfair,” he said.
Mrs Falilat Adeyemi, a businesswoman, urged the new investors in the nation’s energy sector to overhaul their billing system.
“We want stable power supply because we burn fuel everyday, thereby wasting money unnecessarily,” she said.
Mrs Helen Ogbonnaya, another resident of Mowe-Ibafo in Ogun State, said that electricity supply had gone from bad to worse since the new investors took over.
“Sincerely, I will tell you that the electricity situation has gone from bad to worse. We have not had electricity since late last year.
“Power was a little bit stable before the new investors took over, but now, the situation has become very bad again,” she said.
Ogbonnaya also urged the new investors to end “crazy bills and fixed charges” for those who are not using prepaid meters.
“We want stable light because it is not easy to buy fuel; do you know how much my family spends on fuel?
“It is not fair to us in the middle class, if the rich can afford it, we cannot afford such. They should have a re-think,” she said.
NAN reports that the peaceful protest organised by the NCP started from the Late Chief Gani Fawehinmi’s house in Ikeja to the National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) Office in Ikeja.
Dr Yunusa Tanko, NCP National Chairman, presented a protest letter itemising their grievances to the management of the NERC.
Tanko said that the bills given to consumers, the payments they are compelled to make, without light, was unfair to the masses, saying that the protest was to awaken the consciousness of the ordinary Nigerian.
“This will also serve as a wake-up call to every Nigerian because this oppression has to stop,” he said.
Mr Austin Okeke, the Assistant Secretary to the Ikeja NERC, received the letter on behalf of the management. [NAN]
Youths Burn Down Sanwo-Olu’s Mother’s House In Lagos (VIDEO)
Lagos youths have set the family house of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on fire.
This was after the Governor said that no nobody was killed during the shooting by soldiers at Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.
Sanwo-Olu had debunked claims that the soldiers opened fire and killed some peaceful protesters.
Recall that men of the Nigerian Army reportedly opened fire on protesters following the declaration of 24 hours curfew by the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwolu.
Bullets fired by security operatives hit some persons and at least two persons have been confirmed killed by the police and many injured
Voices in viral footage blamed the shootings on soldiers.
However, the angry youth attacked several important places such as Nigeria Port Authority, TVC News, and the family house of the Governor where his mother resides.
After Governor @jidesanwoolu said the "soldiers shot in the air to disperse the peaceful protesters." And thar their's no fatalities
Lagos youths set Governor's Mother's House on FIRE!! #PRAYFORNIGERIA#EndSARS #Lekkitollgate #LekkiGenocide #EndPoliceBrutalityinNigeraNOW pic.twitter.com/QaOvSHwXdk
— Nwachukwu John Owen (@johnowen99) October 21, 2020
#LekkiMassacre: Hoodlums Storm TVC Station In Lagos; Set Properties On Fire (Video)
Hoodlums have reportedly invaded the headquarters of popular news station, TVC, believed to be owned by National Leader of APC, Bola Tinubu.
According to reports, the staff of the news station are being trapped in the building located in Lagos.
The moment Morayo and Co decided to leave the station after it had been taken over by hoodlums.
— My Opinion (@Diji_O) October 21, 2020
Videos circulating online shows that properties in the compound have also been set ablaze.
The news station is currently off air and this comes hours after Nigerians accused the Lagos politician of having a hand in the #LekkiMassacre.
Information Nigeria recalls security agents had opened fire at peaceful #EndSARS protesters at Lekki Tollgate on Tuesday.
In a video circulating online, the anchors of one of the shows, ‘Your View’ were heard saying that there were hoodlums at their gate trying to break into the premises.
Watch the video clips below:
— Itz CakeByTolex (@tolulope_salako) October 21, 2020
— POSTNAIJA (@POSTNAIJA) October 21, 2020
— Angry mob attacks TVC , set the station on fire.. pic.twitter.com/xEDpLeWkpW
— VyrãlTreñdz (@TheVyralTrendz) October 21, 2020
‘Hoodlums’ have reportedly invaded news station, TVC and are attacking their people. pic.twitter.com/h90bWoL37o
— Pulse Nigeria (@PulseNigeria247) October 21, 2020
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As the convoy was leaving the protest venue, some of the youths continued to stone his vehicles.
While the protest was disrupted, Governor Oyetola assured the injured victims that the government would be responsible for their medical bills.
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