for one thing, Your Excellency,  the EKEDC continues to give users of electricity in it’s area of operation
EXTREMELY HIGH, ARBITRARY ESTIMATED BILLS
if they have no pre-paid meters

despite the reality that
there have been several complaints by electricity users who do not have the digital? pre-paid meters in their buildings against these
EXTREMELY HIGH, ARBITRARY ESTIMATED BILLS

( reference links :
1. https://punchng.com/ekedc-give-proper-billing/
2. https://guardian.ng/business-services/consumers-lament-outrageous-electricity-billing-despite-benchmark/
3. https://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/08/nerc-asks-ekedc-resolve-festac-consumers-complaints/ )

for another thing, Your Royal Highnesss,
it’s not just
occupants of buildings with no electricity meters
or
occupants of buildings in which there are electricity meters but the meters are not functional
that they give these high estimated bills.
 

Your Highness, they are actually also in the practice of
giving such arbitrary, spurious?, and very high, estimated bills to
persons who
actually have the old-style analogue? electricity meters in
their buildings and which old-type post-paid analogue meters are still working
.. and in fact are still working very well.

Your Excellency, the reason behind this behavior and activity of theirs
of giving arbitrary, uni-lateral and very high, estimated bills to
persons who actually have the old-style analogue? electricity meters in
their buildings and which old-type post-paid analogue meters are still working .. and in fact are still working very well

is difficult to fathom and/or decipher


as such older-type analogue? electricity meters are
.. still working ..
.. still functioning ..
.. still functional ..
.. and in fact are still working very well ..

and one therefore wonders at the rational behind
dis-countenancing the readings from these meters
and
giving the occupants of such buildings very high, estimated arbitrary bills.

there is also the added factor that such persons are
often? usually? threatened? with
DIS-CONNECTION from the EKEDC ELECTRICITY GRID
if they do not pay the very high, estimated arbitrary bills that
they were given by EKEDC.

and so —
.. badgered? .. bullied? .. intimated? .. coerced? .. oppressed? .. harassed? ..
such occupants are forced?
to pay the estimated bills
AS IF THEY HAD NO FUNCTIONAL METERS IN THEIR BUILDINGS

in order to
avoid being DIS-CONNECTED from the EKEDC ELECTRICITY GRID
and thus plunged into darkness and lack of electricity in their buildings

despite the physically visible reality that
there are, indeed, functional analogue? post-paid? electricity meters in their buildings which are working very well.

Your Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth 11,
Queen of the United Kingdom,
Queen of the Commonwealth,

one finds one’s self baffled and at a loss as to whether
this behavior and practice of the EKEDC of

giving high, arbitrary, estimated bills to persons who actually have functional old? post-paid? analogue electricity meters in the buildings which are working very well

● is not an act of thievery ?
● is not an act of predatory financial/economic malevolence ?
● and is not an act of self-evident and self-manifest wickedness ? 

Your Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth 11,
one also wonders with much consternation
and
a sense of alarm

if such procedure is actually legal ?
i.e actually acceptable? within the laws, if any,
of the Federal Republic of Nigeria ?

one is also at a loss to identify and/or grasp the parameters, if any,
by which this activity of giving high, estimated bills to persons who
actually have
functional analogue?, post-paid, older-type electricity meters in
their buildings which said electricity meters are still working very well
is “legalized” … if it is ?
 
and in fact, also carried out publicly and openly ?

Your Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth 11, please permit me at this juncture to detail a brief background history of how things got this far in Nigeria 
.. especially for the purposes of those who might either not be familiar with Nigeria
or
may not have been following developing trends in the electricity sector in Nigeria.

Your Excellency, Queen Elizabeth 11, it would appear that
● Nigeria used to have a federal government of Nigeria agency / parastatal called the
Power Holding Company of Nigeria ( PHCN ) which was responsible for generating electricity for Nigeria and distributing such/this generated electricity across Nigeria.

● this agency/parastatal used to be called National Electricity Power Authority of Nigeria ( NEPA ), however, at some point, some entities felt, for whatever reasons may have best known to them, that the name of the agency / parastatal should be changed and so a name change was effected.

● the agency used to be somewhat fairly effective
.. even if not the best in any way at all ..
in carrying out it’s functions of generating electricity for Nigeria and distributing such/this generated electricity across Nigeria.

however, at some point, Your Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth 11,
particularly after

the 1989 de-valuation of the Nigeria national currency – the Naira
and
it’s multifarious self-evident negative impact[s] on the dynamics of the Nigeria socio-economy,

it’s services began to go down hill
and
power outages / power black-outs began to more experienced increasingly across Nigeria
and also increasing became, more or less, the norm and the general pattern of things.

● in view of the observation that the services of PHCN ( formerly called NEPA ) had gone down-hill, Nigeria decided to bring in private sector players into the function of generating electricity for Nigeria and distributing such/this generated electricity across Nigeria.

● these private sector players are/were called ELECTRICITY DISCOS,
the term DISCO there being a shortening of the term
DISTRIBUTING COMPANY
and so, in fact,
the name ELECTRICITY DISCO actually means ELECTRICITY DISTRIBUTING COMPANY. 

● the ELECTRICITY DISCOS have been in operation since October?, 2014 and have therefore, in effect, been responsible for distributing electricity across Nigeria for all of ( 2021 – 2014 = ) 7 years now.

● the ELECTRICITY DISCO in charge of distributing electricity for the MAKOKO / SABO / YABA areas of Lagos State, Nigeria is called EKO ELECTRICITY DISTRIBUTION COMPANY OF NIGERIA PLC ( EKEDC )

Your Royal Highness, Queen Elizabeth 11, this company i.e EKEDC has followed a procedure of giving out estimated bills to users of electricity who are,

amongst identifiable groups that have received such estimated billings,
either
● occupants of buildings with no pre-paid, digital, electricity meters
or
● occupants of buildings with no electricity meters at all
or
● occupants of buildings in which there are analogue? post-paid electricity meters but the meters are not functional

Your Highness, the self-evident truth is that
occupants of such buildings in Lagos State, Nigeria have no problems or issues whatsoever with a company or any business person or any business entity giving out bills i.e
billing for it’s/his/her services and/or products

as it is only fair after-all that
if one provides a service or a product
as a business and/or commercial venture

and
persons use one’s service or product,

then such users of one’s products and services should pay
for such use of those products / services.

Your Royal Majesty,
Queen Elizabeth 11,
Queen of the United Kingdom,
Queen of the Commonwealth,


the issue with EKEDC has been that
EKEDC GIVES VERY HIGH ESTIMATED BILLS TO VIRTUALLY EVERY ONE WHO DOES NOT HAVE THE NEW PREPAID ELECTRICITY METERS

and, Your Excellency, that term “ EVERY ONE ” there includes
● occupants of buildings where there are functional older-type, post-paid, analogue? electricity meters that  are still working very well.

the observation, Your Excellency, about the ESTIMATED BILLS by EKEDC include that :
● these bills are arbitrary
● these bills are not based on any scientific measurement procedures known to mankind
especially as
the EKEDC is not known to send any of  it’s engineers or technicians to visit a building and take an inventory of the equipment there based on which some form of estimation of the occupants’ usage of electricity may be arrived at
before giving out an estimated bill.

EKEDC just summarily send out bills containing any figure they wish as the electricity charge to all occupants of buildings with no digital? PRE-PAID ELECTRICITY METERS every month

● the estimated bills are high .. extremely very high ..
and are sometimes as high as, for example,
N53,000 a month
or
N115,000 a month
or
N69,000 a month
or
N78,000 a month
for a flat i.e an apartment in a residential building
WHERE THERE IS NO INDUSTRIAL EQUIPMENT OR ANY FACTORY.

Your Royal Highness, such high scientifically base-less arbitrary bills are viewed by many persons as being :  

● outrageous
● parasitic
● predatory
● malevolent
● extractive
● extractionary
● wicked
● unfair
● insensitive
● in-appropriate

and yet despite the many complaints of Lagos State Nigeria residents
whose buildings are locationed / located within the area of the ambit of operation of the EKEDC against these un-fairly high and extremely high estimated bills by EKEDC,

EKEDC continues to give out arbitrary high estimated bills
with the accompanying  threat?

and
the ACTUAL EFFECTING of
DIS-CONNECTION of all occupants of all such buildings from the EKEDC ELECTRICITY GRID if they do not pay the very high, estimated arbitrary bills that they were given by EKEDC.

a sad and unfair fall-out of this, Your Excellency, is that
occupants of all such buildings
.. badgered? .. bullied? .. intimated? .. coerced? ..
.. oppressed? .. harassed? .. suppressed? ..
by? the EKEDC?

are left with NO CHOICE and NO ALTERNATIVE than
to pay the high, arbitrary, estimated bills

even though they believe that the bills are

● outrageous
● parasitic
● predatory
● malevolent
● extractive
● extractionary
● wicked
● unfair
● insensitive
● in-appropriate

just so as to avoid
being DIS-CONNECTED from the EKEDC ELECTRICITY GRID
and thus plunged into darkness and lack of electricity in their buildings.

Your Royal Majesty,
Queen Elizabeth 11,
Queen of the United Kingdom,
Queen of the Commonwealth,

another issue with EKEDC is that upon seeing that it would appear that obtaining a pre-paid electricity meter is the way out to avoid unfair, extremely high, arbitrary estimated bills from and by EKEDC,
SEVERAL PERSONS ( including myself )
HAVE APPLIED FOR THE DIGITAL PRE-PAID ELECTRICITY METERS

AND HAVE,
for reasons best known to EKEDC,
NOT RECEIVED i.e NOT BEEN GIVEN ANY PRE-PAID METER

despite the reality that some ( or more correctly many ) of these applicants have made the application for years in some instances and for several months in other instances.

Your Excellency, there are ,in fact, actually horrendous rumours circulating which suggest that some applicants for the PRE-PAID METERS ( have ) actually made PAYMENTS for the meters along with their applications
and

YET,
very? wickedly ?
very? unfairly?


and outside all known norms of

fair practice,
fair business practice,
corporate best practice procedures,
internationally,

DESPITE and INSPITE OF
collecting all these monies for payments of pre-paid electricity meters from such people,
EKEDC has not given them pre-paid electricity meters

despite the happenstance that they have made payments for
the
purchase????? of the pre-paid, digital, electricity meters
alongside their APPLICATION(S) for the PRE-PAID METERS
for (many?) years now in some instances
and
for several months now  in other instances.

Your Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth 11, Queen of the United Kingdom, Queen of the Commonwealth,
one is therefore baffled as to whether

EKEDC is not a BULLY
.. a rather
WICKED, GREEDY, INSENSITIVE, VICIOUS, MERCENARY and MEAN BULLY ..
preying on it’s innocent customers ???

By sam

Samuel Ojekwe is essentially just your basic everyday fellow that you see in your neighbourhood while you go about doing your stuff and who, like you, wishes and hopes that the world becomes a better place for all of us.

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