Residence of Federal Lowcost in Jos Governor Simon Lalong last address before elected as governor, picket the zonal business unit of the Jos Electricity Distribution company (JED Plc) located at Tudun-Wada area of Jos-North local government for disconnecting their community for the past 4 days following their refusals to accept the new smart meters.
The residence who turned out in their numbers counted their loses sayinf JED Plc must compensate them. This move enthused directives from Governor Simon Lalong to the company to immediately reconnect the community.
The protesters were led by the Chairman, Coalition of Plateau Residence, Bar. Sam Tokz to JED Business Unit office at Tudun-Wada on Monday 13th March,2017 carrying placards with different inscriptions such as ‘No to fake meters, we already have a digital meters go to areas without meters’, ‘No to uncalibrated meters’, ‘No to crazy tariffs’ among others.
The chairman alleged that on 9th February, 2017 at about 5pm some staff of JED Plc were reported to have climbed the fences of some residence in their absence and installed meters that they did not requested for because they already have a functional digital meters in their houses. He said JED Plc have breach the agreement reached at the end of an emergency meeting held on 12 March, 2017 where resolutions were reached that the company should attend to areas that do not have meters after proper consultation with the communities.
” JED disconnect the whole community on the 9,10,11, and12 of March 2017 without any prior notice by law on the basis that we members of the community have refused to accept their meters”.
Among their demands is that, all damages incurred by residence during the period of intentional disconnection must be paid by JED as they sort to make details of those affected. Digital meters already installed legally and paid for by the residents should not be remove except for those who do not have, else the community shall take legal and further public action against the company as they tendered their letter of complaint to the Unit manager of JED.
Notable among those at the protest bearing their grievances to the authority of JED were Abdu Garba and elder, Gad Shamaki, Mr. Salisu Muhammed Abdulsalam an activist, all stressed that the conclusion of the matter is that JED must pay for the damages caused by their act.
The Head of Anglo Jos/Marketing and Distribution Business Unit, Mr. Akinsurulere Ayo addressing the angered protesters and promise to take their complain letter to the head office for appropriate action assuring the protesters that the matter will soon be put to rest.
He however confirmed that the community has been reconnected in the early hours of Monday before the protesters stomped their office.
Though the gate of the JED business Unit was closed while the presence of armed Mopols where seen outside and inside the office complex.