72-Year-Old Widow Laments Electrical Charges For Non-Existing Meter
A 72-year-old widow, Mrs Ibidun Balogun, has lamented alleged electrical bills for a meter that was taken from her 13 years ago.
The Lagos State indigene, who resides at 3, Ogunleye Street, Oke-Otana, Ikorodu, said she was allegedly billed N700,000 by the Ikeja Electric for the period.
The septuagenarian said since the meter was taken away, she had been receiving electrical charges for it despite having a prepaid meter in her house.
Balogun also said her tenant had been complaining about the “crazy bills” they got from Ikeja Electric and called on the government to intervene.
She said, “The Ikeja Electric official who came the last time said I owed N700,000. I asked him to show me the meter they used in coming up with the bills and he could not because there was no meter. So, I asked where he got the bills from and he said I should come to their office. I was annoyed because I had written a letter to them on the meter 10 years ago.
“They have been bringing the bills for the meter and I told them that the meter was no longer in use. Where did they expect me to get that kind of money from?
“They took the meter over 13 years ago when it was not working. You cannot just be billing me without any meter. I have a prepaid meter for the main building where I stay. I also have an analogue meter I use for the two-bedroom and three-bedroom rented flats in my compound. The meter in question was the one I used for the shop and since it became faulty and was taken away for repairs, I had connected the shop to the analogue meter.”
One of the tenants, Ibukun Balogun, said the electrical bills they received from Ikeja Electric were outrageous and urged the government to provide prepaid meters for them to regulate their power consumption.
Balogun, a make-up artist, said, “We are concerned about the outrageous bills they bring. I pay N5,000 per month for just a fan and an AC I use in my shop. They are extorting money from us; that is why we need prepaid meters and it should be free. If I have it, it is left for me to go to their officer to get it loaded. So, whatever I pay is what I use.”
Another tenant, Bolanle Oyebola, said she could no longer cope with the estimated charges, as she decried the poor state of power supply in the area.
She said, “The power supply is not even regular; the bills are high and that was why I complained to my landlord. I used to pay N1,500 per month for electricity before it was increased to N3,000 and now it is N3,200. I cannot continue to pay that kind of amount when my shop rent is N10,000 per month.”
The Head, Corporate Communications, Ikeja Electric, Felix Ofulue, could not be reached for comment as of press time.