LANDLORDS and homeowners in Ekiti State took to the streets of Ado Ekiti on Wednesday to protest what they claimed was “outrageous estimated electricity bills” from the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC).
The protesting homeowners, who had trooped out in their hundreds, had marched to the BEDC office in Ajilosun area of the state capital, and demanded the installation of prepaid meters to all desiring homes in the town and denounced alleged demand for N40,000 for the installation of the meters.
They also warned BEDC that if prepaid meters were not installed, “we will be paying N3,000 monthly as electricity bill until prepaid meters are installed in our houses.”
Speaking on behalf of the protesters, who had come under the aegis of Ado Ekiti Landlord and Landladies/Electricity Consumers Association, Dr Ibukun Ogundipe, said it was wrong and “flew in the face of commonsense for BEDC to be giving between N13,00 and N18,000 as electricity bills to a three-bedroom bungalow when electricity actually lasts for between two and three hours daily.”
Ogundipe added: “Pursuant to the inability of BEDC to meet our first demand, we shall henceforth start paying N3,000 per month as our legitimate bill without any regard to whatever figure or amount posted on our bills.
“Our Lawyers have been briefed to take appropriate legal action to challenge these unmitigated pains on every electricity consumer in Ekiti, Ado Ekiti in particular.”
He, however, hinted that the management of BEDC had called them to a meeting, saying the meeting would prescribe the way forward in what they said was “an issue that cuts across all strata of the Ekiti society.”
They said,”anywhere across the world, prepaid meters remain the best way to measure the actual amount of megawatts consumed and Ekiti case can’t be different.”
They had placards through which they called BEDC names and had taken off from the popular Okeyinmi junction and marched through Ijigbo roundabout to the BEDC’s office.