NIGERIANS DESERVE 24/7 ELECTRICITY;NO LIGHT NO BILL;NO ESTIMATED BILLING; SUPPLY US LIGHT!
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57 years after Independence, with an estimated population of 191 million and despite her oil wealth, Nigeria still cannot provide safe and reliable electricity for her citizens. Even when she can supply electricity, many homes do not have meters, bills are estimated, and there are no measures to prevent overcharging.
I shared a post of a Nigerian demanding 24/7 electricity, stating, 'no light no payment, no estimated bills', (https://www.facebook.com/saratuishayaaudu/ I was surprised at the level of engagement, with over 5k shares and 5k comments in just 2 days. It is the poor people of Nigeria that are suffering the most. The use of kerosene lamps, generators, etc, is environmental polluting, expensive, and dangerous to them. The estimated billing system without the provision of meters to ensure fair pricing is punitive to them. They reported that so many complaints and demands for installation of meters had been made to the suppliers, to no avail, culminating in strike action, that resulted in the purchase of meter units, that were never installed.
The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) is the independent body, established by the Electric Power Sector Reform Act of 2005 to regulate the industry.
Consumer's rights and obligations can be found here: http://www.nercng.org/index.php/home/consumers/consumer-rights-obligations
Amongst these rights are: (please refer to link above for exhaustive list)
1. All new electricity connections must be done strictly based on metering before connection. That is, no new customer should be connected by a DisCo without a meter first being installed at the premises.
2. All customers have a right to electricity supply in a safe and reliable manner.
3. All customers have a right to a properly installed and functional meter.
4. All customers have a right to properly informed and educated on the electricity service.
5. All customers have a right to transparent electricity billing.
6. All Un-metered customers should be issued with electricity bills strictly based on NERC’s estimated billing methodology.
8. All customers have a right to refund when over billed.
13. It is the customer’s right to contest any electricity bill.
14. Any un-metered customer who is disputing his or her estimated bill has the right not to pay the disputed bill, but pay only the last undisputed bill as the contested bill go through the dispute resolution process of NERC.
WE CALL ON THE NERC TO ENFORCE THE LAW AND CAUSE ELECTRICITY TO BE SUPPLIED IN A SAFE AND RELIABLE MANNER ON A 24/7 BASIS AND TO INSTALL METERS TO EVERY NIGERIAN HOUSEHOLD.
WHILST CAUSING THE ABOVE TO HAPPEN, WE CALL ON THE PRESIDENT OF THE FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF NIGERIA, PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI AND THE NIGERIAN SENATE, TO SUPPLY READING LIGHTS TO EVERY HOUSEHOLD THAT NEEDS IT IN NIGERIA, STARTING IMMEDIATELY.
Why does Nigeria still have no stable electricity supply and why has the sector not been developed in the 57 years since independence? It cannot be a question of wealth, because we all know that our senators are amongst the highest paid in the world with estimated take home pay and allowances exceeding that of the President of the United States of America.
A senator reportedly takes home about N365,000,000.00 pa. A graduate on a minimum wage earns N18,000 per month.
A gravity light costs approximately N20,000.00 https://gravitylight.org
Gravity lights provide lighting without the need for batteries or any running costs or other equipment. We can make sure that every school child in Nigeria has light so they can read in a safer environment.
One senator's take home pay can provide 18,250 homes with light, that is EIGHTEEN THOUSAND TWO HUNDRED AND FIFTY HOMES. If 5 people on average live in each home, then 91,250 lives can be improved from the take home pay of ONE SENATOR.
Nigeria asks the lawmakers, starting with the President of Senate and other senators, to show a good example in our fight against corruption and poverty and to accept an immediate 50% decrease in their salaries, the money saved to be immediately diverted into providing light and bare necessities for the poor.
We ask you President Muhammad Buhari to support this drive to provide light to the poor forgotten masses of Nigeria, who stood behind you en masse, to vote you in: Christian, Muslim, Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo, Tiv, etc, we all voted you Baba, to fight for us.....
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