Story by Gladys Johnson
A group, Citizens Access to Electricity Initiatives (CATEIN), on Friday stormed Idumota Market in Lagos educating electricity consumers on their rights to fight cheating in the power sector.
The group led by Mr Abdul-Salam Fashola, distributed flyers to marketers, urging them to support the group on their electricity needs and demands. Fashola advised the stakeholders to assist government so that electricity companies would not derail in identifying the local challenges.
He listed some of the local challenges to include overloaded feeder, switch gear problems and faulty transformers.
Fashola appealed to the Federal Ministry of Power to provide relieve feeders where necessary so that power would be constant.
Mr Emmanuel Joseph, the Secretary of the initiative, said the objective of CATEIN included organizing forum for electricity consumers to suggest best ways to support them in terms of electricity needs and demands.
Joseph said that the initiative would serve as an intermediary between consumers and the power distribution companies.
“We will inform service providers about genuine complaints and how to render better services to consumers.
“Also interface with stakeholders in the industry to foster effective and efficient service delivery and serve as a link between government and investors in the formation of policies,” he said.
Mr Olusegun Obaoye, the Public Relations Officer, said that the initiative would also educate consumers on best ways to use electricity.
Obaoye said the initiative would enlighten consumers on causes of power failure within their environment and protect their rights in the implementation of government policies.
“Some electricity consumers have paid for prepaid meters for the past two years, but they have not been installed.
“Most of these consumers are being given estimated billing at the end of the month and they do not have alternative than to pay the bill.
“This initiative will address all these problems with the government and the distribution companies,” he said.