We Want Prepaid Meters Not Estimated Bills, Delta Community Cries Out.
Residents of Agbarho, Ughelli North Local Government Area, Delta State, notified the Benin Electricity Company, BDEC, management yesterday that they would not pay any bills unless pre-paid meters were fixed in the village.
Residents thronged the community’s East-West Road axis, denouncing BDEC’s refusal to give them with pre-paid meters, and bemoaned the company’s exorbitant predicted power costs.
Placards bearing messages such as “Void previous estimated bills,” “We need pre-paid meters,” and “No more estimated bills,” among others, cautioned the corporation against further disconnection of public electricity in the town because of unpaid estimated bills.
Speaking during the protest, President-General of Agbarho Kingdom, Chief Igho Odiphri, said: “BDEC does not supply electricity but they are giving us estimated bills.“Agbarho has no pre-paid meters and l wonder why a community like this that generates energy is not considered for pre-paid meters.
“We are here to say we need 24 hours power supply in Agbarho. “We shall not pay any estimated bills again. If they don’t give us pre-paid meters, they should not attempt to climb any pole in this town to disconnect light.”
“The Federal Government has said they should not bill anyone unless they give them pre-paid meters.
“Someone just sent me his bill. They gave estimated bill of N41,000 for a single compound, what is he consuming?”