Seye Joseph – @seyetweets
The Chairman of Ibadan Electricity Consumer’s Forum, Dr. Babajide Taiwo has urged the Electricity Distribution Company in country to reduce the electricity tariff to avoid consumer’s working with touts to wipe off huge billings.
Taiwo made this known at the 8th CEO’s and MD’s Business Luncheon that was organized by the Manufaturers Association of Nigeria, the Ogun State Chapter where he delivered a paper on the “Future Outlook of Power Supply in Nigeria”.
He highlighted curbing of sabotage of pipeline vandalization, metering of all electricity consumer to avoid over billing, checking of their marketers to stop them from engaging the touts, and replacement of over aged transformers and over loaded one to ensure smooth running of electricity distribution in the country.
Taiwo who is also the Chairman of Jitalex International Limited said that if not all the business sectors needs electricity to thrive apart and for the economy of the country perform at the optimum scale.
“Even road sides welders, fashion designers, retail shops, carpentry workshops, hairdressing and many others rely on electricity for the their businesses to survive but many people have left their jobs to ride motorcycle now”, he said.
He said that most of the problems in Nigeria is associated with electricity and the country is richly endowed with abundance of human and natural resources that the country is not tapping to.
“Most of our endowments are not showing in the life of the citizens as there is massive unemployment which is a clear signal of the collapse of basic necessities of life at the cities, towns and villages.”, he said.
Taiwo recalled his experience when he was travelled to Singapore and the taxi driver of the cab he boarded informed him to take him to Nigerian market where Nigerians buy second rated materials and electronics to Nigeria.
According to him, “I was very embarrassed and calmly told him that I am not one of them that I came to Singapore for a business meeting”.
On the part of the citizens, he urged them to pay their genuine due bills promptly, protect the transformers and cables in their communities, and take action against suspected electricity touts.
He urged further that they should not pay to anybody that comes to their premises as they might be touts but pay at the appropriate office and collect their receipt, and to promptly report wrongful disconnections to the NERC forum offices and unruly behavior of the service provider as there’s penalty for such wrongful actions.