– Over outrageous bills, non-provision of prepaid meters to consumers
OurMumudondo Movement, powered by Area Father, Charlie Boy Oputa, which recently forced president Buhari home with their site-out protest at Abuja has concluded plans to drag the management of Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC) to court over its outrageous billings. When the Non-governmental Organization (NGO) embarked on a sit-out protest at EEDC Owerri office early this month, little did it realize that their efforts would end up in total futility, with EEDC reneging on its promises to address their chater of demands for impured services.
This is because, despite all the assurances by the management of EEDC office at Owerri, that they will look into all the grievances and address their demands, there is nothing on ground today to show that EEDC is sensitive enough and alive to its responsibilities. The fact according to OurMumudondo Movement remains that just a month after the protest, EEDC has not deemed it necessary to effect the desired reduction in the over bloated bills. Instead only a deduction of mere N1000 to N1500, as the case may be, was effected on the bills and demand notices sent to consumers especially in Owerri metropolis. OurMumudondo Movement in Imo States is unhappy that the continuing outrageous billings had persisted thus indicating is an affront and slap in their faces that it hence their determination to explore all avenues to settle scores with EEDC. Presently OurMumudondo in a recent release has expressed its willingness and determination to pursue its case against EEDC, to its logical conclusion. Towards this end, the state secretary, Comrade Anaele Nathan in a release made available to the press in Owerri, disclosed that they have consulted with and briefed a number of lawyers to subsequently sue EEDC to court in a bid to stop this exploitative and outrageous billings, through estimated charges. The essence the Ngo said is to obtain an interlocutory injunction or order restraining EEDC from going ahead with the estimated charges until they have successfully installed prepaid meters in every house in Owerri, particularly where the residents subscribe to electricity power supply. According to Comrade Anaele Nathan, this was the outcome of an emergency general meeting of OurMumudondo Movement Imo State chapter, which held over the weekend to appraise the situation. The resolution also called on all Owerri electricity consumers to make available their monthly electricity bills to the committee recently constituted with Prince Obi as chairman, to articulate other grievances and come up with a road map.
In another development, students of Imo State University (IMSU) Owerri, have taken to the streets, once more to protest, protracted black-out within their campus. Apart from their campus being thrown into total black-out, there is no functional generating set to power the campus. As a result they were forced to abandon schools for their homes since there is no way they can attend lectures or use their available library and laboratory facilities without power supply. Life on campus they said had become miserable. They called on the state governor to come to their aid before the issue becomes unbearable and another albatross to the accreditation of the university facilities. It will be recalled that of all reasons, the accreditation of the faculties of Law and Medicine is as a result of lack of facilities and study environment within the Lake Nwaebere and Umuna Orlu campuses.