The Ikeja Electric (IE), formerly Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company( IKEDC) has threatened to deal with any worker found extorting money from consumers under the pretext of getting meters.
This is coming on the heels of allegation of extortion by consumers in Iju-Ajuwon, a border community between Lagos and Ogun states. It was alleged that Abule Egba District of the power firm has been fleecing their customers. One of the residents, a landlord within the area, alleged that they were asked to pay N5,000 processing fees into a Zenith Bank account number, 1012998242, ostensibly belonging to the power firm.
But its Head, Communication and Strategy, Pekun Adeyanju, said the company is giving out meters freely, and that it would not take it kindly with any of its workers that collect money from consumers from that purpose.
He said the company has made it clear right from the onset that meters are free and that consumers are not expected to pay for them.
He said: “I’ m surprised that our officials are demanding for money from consumers as regards the issue of meters. It is a development we at (Ikeja Electric) frown at and any worker found wanting in this matter would be appropriately dealt with.”
The consumers in Iju-Ajuwon area alleged that workers of the firm were extorting money from them for pre-paid meters, contrary to the impression bring created that the meters were free.
They alleged that workers from Ikeja Electric were asking them to pay N5,000 for the meters that were installed within the area.
Some of the residents, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the Distribution Manager of the Abule Egba District of the company, Mr Lawrence Okoye, held a meeting with them prior to the installation of the meters and assured them that since most of them already have existing post paid-meters, they would not be charged any fee whatsoever, if they are not owing the company under the old system of payment.
According to the consumers, they were surprised when they went to the Abule Egba District office to recharge their meters, after the initial 40 units of power that came with the meter expired, they were told to pay N5,000 processing fees.
“The way it is, we do not have any other alternative; we either pay up or continue to remain in darkness. Some residents are already complying with the directive,” he added
Source: The Nation Nigeria