- Residents of Ijebu Ode were seen protesting the absence of prepaid meters in their residences
- The absence of the meters has led to them being billed outrageously for electricity
- The protest was captured on video by a Facebook user and subsequently shared
In the video shared on Facebook by Maiyegun's Diary Live, the older men and women walked about with inscriptions on their cardboard, accompanied by drums and music.
A man can be heard imploring that the protest be kept peaceful, as a crowd gathered to watch the protesters, some of whom were women dancing and singing solidarity songs.
The protest was especially vital to the residents given a recent directive from the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).
The NERC declared that electricity consumers that were not provided with prepaid meters as at March 1 should stop paying electricity bills presented by DISCOs on the basis of estimated billing methodology.
The commission also ordered the DISCOs not to disconnect any such customer that refuses to pay the bills and further advised such customers to report to the commission if disconnected.
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According to them the new directive is in line with its mandate of protecting the rights of customers.
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