Inundated with consumer complaints over exploitative electricity billing, the Consumer Protection Council (CPC) has summoned all electricity Distribution Companies (DISCOs) in the country to a hearing over alleged outrageous billings, based on estimated consumption.
The CPC, in response to complaints of electricity consumers on estimated billings and non-provision of meters, summoned each of the DISCOs, warning that absence of any of the companies at the hearing would be regarded as a violation of its enabling Act.
The CPC, in a letter dated August 26, this year and signed by its Director-General, Mrs. Dupe Atoki, September 7 this year for hearing on the complaints.
CPC, in its letter, cautioned the DISCOs to be “guided by Section 18 of the CPC Act that criminalises disobedience of its summon, which include neglect or refusal to attend and testify before the Council or to answer any lawful enquiry or to produce any document as may be required”. It advised the companies to “note that, whether you attend or not, far reaching decisions, which may be of consequence to your operations, may be taken after the hearing”.