Injustice In Electricity Distribution
SIR: Prior to the drop in power generation from close to 6,000 to just over 3,000 megawatts, consumers in Abeokuta observed a trend, where some class enjoyed power nearly uninterrupted, others enjoyed it for an average of 12 hours daily, while others just endured momentary remembrance by the distribution companies. Typical of Nigerians, many never complained in their minds and perhaps their homes, while others resigned to fate, hoping for some providential intervention to bring about change.
After the reported drop in megawatts, the groaning grew louder among the “unequal”, occasioned by the severe heat prevalent around this time. All the more puzzling is the way the Ibadan Electricity distribution company went about allocating the quota, despite the purported drop. The class of people that previously enjoyed near un-interrupted supply kept their quota, while the rest of us suffered and smiled in silence.
Meanwhile, when some of us sought explanations, we were told quite unashamedly, that those are the people on 33 KVA. Asked what this meant, they told us that preference had to be given to the University of Agriculture Abeokuta, and every consumer on the route through which that particular transmission-line travelled through, on the way to the source. What’s more? That route is a stretch of highbrow residents, where the high and the mighty live.
So! Whereas the rest of us had to endure the drop in what little we enjoyed prior to the so-called reduction in megawatt, some persons keep their own full share of the cake. At present, those who were placed on an average of 12-hour daily power supply now barely run on two hours per day. Now!
Imagine the experience of the third class. Never mind the fact that most of us are given a monthly estimated bill, which never reduces. Worse still, the air of predictability, which attended to the use of power prior to the reported drop no longer exists – except of course for the more equal animals on 33. We ask: why can’t everyone endure the power-cut evenly? Unfortunately! A low-level electricity worker asked me in a tone of misguided finality: “Can you pay the amount paid by those people”?