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Senate to revisit electricity billing

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DisCos: A duty to distribute Electricity

The Senate has resolved to beam its search light on the estimated billing by the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) on residents of the Federal Capital Territory.

The Senate during plenary on Tuesday agreed to discuss the billing system of all distribution companies in Nigeria.

The decision of the Senate followed a motion moved by Senator Dino Melaye who relied on a point of order to accuse the AEDC of astronomical billing.

Melaye said that the AEDC come to his residence and changed his prepaid meter to a new one which they also came to remove three weeks after that.

He alleged that the company then placed his house on estimated which is very astronomical and unfair.

He wondered how the ordinary Nigerian could afford such high rates if he who was priviledged found it difficult to pay.

“If me that is a privileged Nigerian is undergoing this pain and agonising over the astronomical fees, what do we say about the Man in Aguileri or the young palm wine tapper in Otuoke.

“We must speak for those who cannot speak for themselves, we must discuss this issue of estimated billing by all distribution companies in Nigeria,” he said.

In his remark, the Deputy President of the Senate who presided over plenary noted the complaint saying that the matter would be discussed at plenary on Wednesday.

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