…as Victor Ekwere’s motion draw lawmakers attention to activities of PHEDC

The Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Thursday, moved to look into the numerous cases of abuse and extortion by staff of Portharcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHEDC) against their customers in the State.

This was sequel to a motion brought to the floor of the House by Mr. Victor Ekwere (Mkpat Enin state Constituency) on the “Urgent need to curb extortion of electricity consumers in Akwa Ibom State).

Moving the motion, Mr. Ekwere explained that the epileptic and irregularity in the supply of power witnessed in the state can be traced to the activities of PHEDC.

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He recalled instances where in Afaha Offort community in Uyo local government Area where for months the community were left without electricity but staff of PHEDC allegedly compelled the community to pay for bill covering the period they were without electricity.

The lawmaker also recalled similar lingering case in Ikot Abasi Local Government Area.

He further established that PHEDC has violated the law establishing it by mandating communities to buy transformers and over charging its consumers through estimated billing.

The lawmaker further said that the investment of Akwa Ibom State Government in the area of electricity has not been felt by the citizenry due to the activities of PHEDC.

Reacting to the motion, the Speaker of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon Aniekan Bassey said that the issue raised by Mr. Ekwere affects virtually every community in state as such demands proper legislative actions before a final resolution is passed.

He further committed the motion to the House Committee on Rural Development and Public Utilities and urged the committee to report back to the House in two weeks.

Credit: Ubong Inyang