The Federal Government has been called upon to as a matter of urgency and immediacy revoke the licenses of Electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) in the country.
The Ndigbo Unity Forum (NUF) which made the call in a statement made available to newsmen in Enugu after its strategic general meeting weekend, said it has become glaring that the privatisation of power in the country by Dr Goodluck Jonathan administration was a “huge hoax and scam”.
The group in the statement signed by its national president, Dede Uzor A. Uzor, expressed shock that the All Progressives Congress, APC, led Muhammadu Buhari Government still allowed this fraudulent scam to continue more than nearly eight years after they took over the reins of power.
The group lamented that there is nothing electricity distribution companies provide for Nigeria except to exploit Nigerians by charging exorbitant and crazy bills with manipulated prepaid billing system.
The DISCOs of late, they said, have introduced fast reading metres by replacing the old ones, while they have bluntly refused to metre those people who are still in estimated billings, so that they can continue to exploit them because there’s no different between their criminal exploitative activities and the so called privatisation which came on board years ago.
They lamented that in the face of all these high charges, the services are abysmally and criminally poor as they refuse to supply power to the consumers even when there is avalanche of power in the grid.
Consumers, said Ndigbo group, have continued to bear the brunt of replacing packed up transformers, damaged parts and pay for the services rendered by staff or agents of DISCOs under duress and exploitations.
“In the face of all this, the services are still abysmally poor. There is low shading and sometimes, there would be no light for several days, weeks and months due to minor faults” especially in Fegge Onitsha where some areas were classified as industrial and commercial areas respectively.
The group said that DISCOs have become conduit pipe and an avenue through which consumers are being exploited by privileged few, who bought over the companies from Federal Government in the name of privatisation through estimated and crazy bills without providing light.
NUF decried that DISCOS do not do anything to improve power supply or serve their customers satisfactorily except to collect money from electricity consumers through their crafty, criminal and crazy billings system.