A Right revolutionary activist and public affairs analyst who is a close associate and regular observer of the proceedings of National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC), Comrade Rasak Olokooba, has cleared the Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola, of the spreading allegations of involvement in the exploitative methodology of demanding 30% on old estimated bills by electricity distribution companies, before the new pre-paid meter could work effectively.
This clarification was made in a popular radio program “Labe Ofin” (Rule of Law) at Bond fm 92.9, Radio Nigeria on Tuesday 10th of April 2018 when addressing the complaint received by the Executive Director of Human Rights Monitoring Agenda (HURMA) Comrade Buna Isiak who also directs the radio program on every Tuesday between the hours of 11:30a.m and 12:00p.m.
Some communities, including Somolu Landlords and Tenants Association, had submitted complaints to accuse the Power Minister of collaborating with the Electricity Distribution Companies to further exploit the readily exploited and oppressed poor Nigerians. This, from the complaint is done by denying them power supply and also insisting that the estimated billings impose must be cleared before proper functioning of the newly distributed pre-paid meters.
In his explanation, Comrade Rasak Olokooba said the minister himself condemned the estimated billing process and enjoined consumers to pay only what they are sure they truely consumed.
If this is however disputed, it could be resolved by inviting the Electricity Distribution Companies to come and do a “load assessment” of each building to deserve such huge billing. He explained further that every electronics has voltage of power consumable on it through Which proper load assessment could be conducted in line with the period of power supplied to such environment.
Finally, he advised that a complaint letter should be written officially to Electricity Distribution Companies and if no positive amendment, then the community should proceed to petition NERC where justice can always be done.