By Murtala Muhammad
Electricity consumers in Bauchi State have decried high tariffs, epileptic supply and non availability of prepaid meters despite the earlier mandate given by the federal government to the Distribution Companies (DISCOs) to meter residential and commercial buildings under its National Mass Metering Programme (NMMP).
They also accused the DISCOs particularly Jos Electricity Distribution, JED Company of sabotaging the Federal Government for its failure to install prepaid meters to conform with the NMMP.
Some of the residents interviewed in the Bauchi metropolis Abdulmajid Lawal and Buhari Abdullahi who said the JED company had last year promised to continue the installation of meters by the first week of last September but failed to fulfill its promise.
They said most of the electricity consumers in the state were exorbitantly charged despite the epilepsy of the supply, urging the authorities concerned to as a matter of urgency look into their plight.
The consumers, who claimed that they use the electricity on demand, said they were in daring need of the prepaid meter because their counterparts were enjoying it on same basis.
A commercial consumers Abubakar Muhammad said 70% of his work was with power generating set due to inconsistency of electricity supply in his area.
Other commercial consumers Idris Muhammad, Goodnews Sunny and Safiyanu Ladan all using prepaid meters claimed that in the last three months they used to buy 38 units at the rate of N2,000, but the consumption by unit has been increased by the Distribution Company.
Other residents, Jamilu Muhammad and Shehu Abubakar decried that the JED company charged them three times the money they were being changed, arguing that the amount was too much compared to what they consumed.
The Former Regional Manager of JED Company in Bauchi, Auwalu Babajada had in late August 2021 granted an exclusive interview to Radio Nigeria where he assured that by the 1st week of September that year the Metering exercise would continue, but his promise is yet to be a reality.
As of the time of filing this report, all efforts to see the current Regional Manager of the JED Company has proved abortive as he was said to be in Jos, Plateau state for an official assignment.