From Saka Bolaji, Minna
Chairman, Niger State Council Of Chiefs and Etsu of Nupe, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, has told electricity providers in the country to stop the issuance of “crazy bills” to their customers.
He also attributed the frequent conflicts between electricity providers and their customers to crazy bills.
Exchanging views with a delegation of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) which paid him a courtesy visit in his palace on Wednesday the traditional ruler advised that electricity providers should emphasise on providing regular electricity and meter the homes of their customers as a way of reducing friction between them and the public.
His words: ” I want to advise you to stop the issuance of crazy bills and improve your services, this will encourage your customers to pay. When we are expecting light and we don’t see light and the bills are getting higher then there is bound to be trouble. My people are ready to support you my people are ready to pay their bills but you must first give them electricity.”
Alhaji Abubakar submitted that the privatisation of the Power Holding Company of Nigeria by the federal government was designed to achieve stable electricity supply in the country as such the new owners should assist the government to achieve the objective.
The monarch however pleaded with the people to be “patient with the electricity companies because the rot in the sector has been on for so long.”
He also asked the people to protect installed equipment because destroying them would draw back the hand of the clock.