The Umuawulu community in the Awka South Local Government Area in Anambra State has threatened to close its Awka office if the Enugu Power Distribution Company refuses to restore power to the community within two weeks.

In a letter to the EEDC, the group, supported by the Umuawulu Electricity Consumers Forum, called for the immediate restoration of power to the area as the EEDC has completed the load shedding process.

The letter was signed by coordinator/convener Comrade Osita Obi and secretary Anazo Kingsley Onebucci and made available to reporters on Tuesday.

According to the letter, the community is fighting against the ongoing blackout, adding that the EEDC has concluded their tapering process and there is no reason they should remain in the dark.

It was also cc’ed to the state police chief and state security chief Anambra Command.

In the letter, the community said it had paid off all debts owed to the power company and had all the necessary conditions to remove the six transformers in the area.

It added that the reduction process was completed in February 2022, when the last validation work was completed.

Therefore, the community is demanding immediate restoration of power to all transformers that have completed unloading.

As such, they threatened to mobilize consumers to occupy the EEDC office in Awka until it restores power to the Umuawulu community if the EEDC fails to supply power to its transformers that have completed the load shedding process two weeks after receiving the demand letter. .

Speaking of restoration, Obi said the EEDC should provide services rather than exploit citizens.

He said: “The inventory verification of the six transformers has also been completed. Electricity users in the community have paid for the meters, some installed and some not yet.

“The community provided by the EEDC has no electrical installations. The community buys everything.
The community has about six MD instrument transformers. The old debt was about N39m but EEDC said it was doing a promotion and gave us a 30% discount and it was done.

“After the demolition, the community decided to buy the meters and paid for 29, bringing in 14 while only 9 were installed. After two weeks, the community will mobilize over 2,000 people to close the EEDC office.

“The community has written to the police and DSS regarding the development. EEDC has only inherited NEPA’s assets, but refuses to inherit responsibility. The money paid for demolition is inherited from NEPA.”

In response, Emeka Ezeh, EEDC’s director of corporate communications, said the company had energized transformers that met the required conditions.

Ezeh pointed out that the community had submitted the EEDC to the National Electricity Regulatory Commission and it was decided that they should get the meter through the MAP.

“The community in question brought us to NERC and the decision was that they should get the meter through the MAP.

“We also energized transformers that were eligible, i.e. took a commitment from individual customers who couldn’t pay the meter to connect and bill them, and those who didn’t want to be billed asked to disconnect,” he added.

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