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Ekiti unions demand massive rollout of prepaid meters

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The organized workforce at Ekiti has asked the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) to ensure the supply of suitable prepaid meters for its consumers in the state.

Mr. Sola Adigun and Mr. Kolapo Olatunde, Presidents of the Trade Union Congress (TUC) and the Nigerian Labor Congress (NLC) respectively, made the call during a visit to the Ado-Ekiti office of BEDC in the Ajilosun Area , on Friday.

The union leaders, when addressing the management of the BEDC, also called for the improvement of the electricity supply to the state as a way to justify the monthly bills charged to consumers.

They said the request for mass metering of electrified buildings in the state was to prevent unwarranted extortion from consumers through outrageous estimated bills.

The unions said the call was also to comply with the federal government’s directive on the one house and one meter policy.

It should be remembered that union leaders had led a protest to the BEDC in August, saying that the company was misleading consumers in terms of electricity supply and billing.

Mr. Sola Adigun, the president of NLC, for his part during the visit, expressed his concern about the delay in the distribution of prepaid meters to consumers in the state.

He regretted the situation in which some Ekiti communities were being subjected to total darkness that ranged from five to seven years.

According to him, this development was one of the factors that contributed to poverty in the country.

“If each house is equipped with prepaid meters, it will check for overbilling cases and it will also improve the company’s income.

“The BEDC needed to justify the money that consumers paid it through stable electricity.

“It is sad that what we are paying for is darkness, because you can hardly find a place or community in Ekiti where they enjoy 12 hours of electricity a day,” said Adigun.

Kolapo Olatunde, the president of the TUC, contributed with a frown on the underutilization of the 132 kva facilities at Ekiti, saying the facilities had not been deployed to add value and increase electricity supply in the state.

In his response, Olawale Adewolu, BEDC’s Business Manager at Ekiti, promised that the company would improve its services to consumers and design ways to ensure that people value their money.

He explained that prepaid meters are available to new home owners at BEDC.

The Nigerian News Agency (NAN) reports that union leaders also visited the Ekiti State Water Corporation, calling for the speedy completion of all ongoing water projects in the state.

They claimed that a negligible percentage of Ekiti residents have access to clean water

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