Some electricity consumers in Alagbado area of Lagos have appealed to the Ikeja Electricity Distribution Company to end the challenges of estimated billing system in the area.
The residents told the News Agency of Nigeria on Saturday in Lagos that the billing system was affecting their pockets negatively.
Akeem Balogun, the Chairman of the Landlord Association in Alagbado, said residents would not be able to pay for such bills because they are unacceptable in the face of interrupted service by IKEDC.
“We can no longer continue to suffer and pretend as if all is well as regard the crazy bills,” Balogun said.
Balogun said the IKEDC office in Fola Azeez, Alakuko directed residents to its office in Ikeja to meet higher officers that may address their grievances.
He alleged that the marketing officers at Fola Azeez refused to listen to them about the estimated bills.
He said: ”We are pushed to the wall as the crazy bills was gradually killing us and making life difficult.”
Fatal Ogundairo, a welder, said estimated billing system was driving them out of business.
Ogundairo said they had to look for alternative ways of generating electricity for their business.
“We cannot continue like this because we have family that are looking up to us for their daily living,” he said.
Another resident, Kunle Oyetunji, urged the management of IKEDC to find a lasting solution to the problems of estimated bills by making pre-paid meters available for the people.
Oyetunji, a civil servant, said: “Bringing estimated bills for the people without reading the meter is just uncalled for and unreasonable.
“We do not see the reason IKEDC cannot brace up for this kind of challenge by providing pre-paid meters because they know that this will put stop to all their crazy bills.”
Felix Ofulue, the Head of Corporate Communications of IKEDC, said the company bills customers according to what they use.
Ofulue noted that the amount they charged customers depends on the hours of light enjoyed, adding that the company would soon provide pre-paid meters to all customers in the area.