Tired of continuous waiting without success over the installation of prepaid meters, the residents of Ado Ekiti, under the aegis of Ado Ekiti landlord, landlady and electricity consumers association on Wednesday protested against estimated bills allegedly issued by the Benin Electricity distribution company.
The residents unanimously said no to what they described as crazy and estimated bills and threatened not to pay more than three thousand naira per household until prepaid meters are made available to them.
The protesters converged at the Fajuyi park early in the morning and marched through major streets in the state capital before bringing the protest to a halt at the office of the Benin electricity distribution company located at Ajilosun area of Ado Ekiti.
While addressing the protesters, the chairman of Ado Ekiti Landlord, Landlady and electricity consumers association, Ibukun Ogundipe said their action was a fallout of the inability of the electricity distribution company to make good use of the opportunity to dialogue with the residents.
The residents demanded immediate installation of prepaid meters on every desiring houses in Ado Ekiti. Ogundipe said the association has equally directed its legal practitioners to seek appropriate legal actions to challenge against the electricity distribution company.
In his reactions to the protest, the corporate affairs officer of Benin electricity distribution company, Ilori Kayode said the complaints of the protesters have been noted and adequate actions will be taken to address their grievances.
In recent months, power supply in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti state capital has not been regular.
Report by Adeola Aderibigbe