PHCN: Nigerians cry out about high service charges

The problems PHCN is causing Nigerians have gotten to an alarming state. If you are a visitor to the country, you would not need to be told that the country is having a serious issue with power supply. While majority are complaining of serious power problems, some are still saying that there is no problem and that power is being dispensed equitably.

The inconsistent nature of PHCN service in the country is so bad that some experts have described it to be epileptic in nature. This has been one of the major reasons why most industrialists are afraid to invest in the country and it is making the rate of unemployment to be very high.

I have no doubt than to believe that Power is one of the most corrupt sector in the country. They never make mistakes in collecting their bills and they always make mistakes in supplying consumers. Sometimes, they bring the bills even before month-end and you can stay till the end of the month without power supply. The government should tell them to account for all the funds being channelled to the sector.

The increment is terrible and unjustifiable; they just want to inflict more suffering on the masses every time. The services they render do not justify what we pay. If they are rational enough, they ought to reduce the service charge because of their poor performance.

The increase is unjustifiable because their  service is yet to be constant. So what is the motive behind this monthly  charge? We are not enjoying power except we fuel our generators constantly  which people of neighbouring countries like Ghana hardly experience in their country. It’s high time our leaders take the bull by the horn by making sectors as formidable as Power and Steel to be more effective in this country.

The increment in PHCN charges has only brought undeserved hardship to Nigerians. Power supply in this country has continued to deteriorate despite the billions of naira expended to improve the sector.

Accurate measurement and effective pricing does not reflect in the management of PHCN. The supply and use of electricity services fall under economics of scale. What we need is accountability in power supply especially from PHCN officials. For instance, there are some houses in the rural area without meters, yet they receive bills at the end of the month.

The question is where is that money going to and how did they arrive at the bill? Again , the disconnection and reconnection fee collected by PHCN officials has no receipt. I will like to see the PHCN accounts some day.

Nigerians already have a strong resentment for poor governance, corruption and embezzlement of public fund and the increment of electricity charges may create civil unrest.

Again,the Federal Government should accelerate the entire production and distribution capacity of the power sector in order to ensure adequate and reliable power supply to stimulate economic recovery and development of the country.

The epileptic power supply is affecting small scale businesses in my area. Many shops owners have abandoned their shops since they cannot afford the use of generators all the time, leaving landlords with vacant shops.

To make matters worse, armed robbers have also capitalize on this darkness to operate almost every night. This alone is saddening. After spending the day hustling, you return home to observe vigil for fear of being attacked.

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