The Senior Special Assistant to the Governor on Power, Dr. Victor Udo has urged Electricity Consumer Committees in Akwa Ibom State to cooperate with industry stakeholders to sustain the improved power supply across the state.

He made this call when the Chairmen of Electricity Consumers Committee (ECC) from communities across the 3 senatorial districts of the State met with him at his office.

The ECC delegation acknowledged improvements in power supply across the State but they decried the outrageous bills being issued by the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company (PHEDC).

It was alleged that excessive electricity bills were issued to communities in Uyo, Eket and Ikot Ekpene senatorial districts on a monthly basis. They attributed this to estimated billing and appealed to the SSA on Power for urgent intervention.

While addressing the issue, the SSA on Power said “power is being supplied to communities across the State because transformers have been installed in the various communities along with Low Tension and High Tension lines”

Speaking further he said “since power is being supplied and consumed, an effective billing system needs to be implemented to pay for the energy consumed through proper metering”

He therefore urged the ECC to cooperate with the Business Managers of PHEDC to implement a more effective revenue collection process.

Dr. Udo appealed to the ECC to discourage members of the community from tampering with power installations in the communities. He said “people should not endanger their lives by tampering with power infrastructure in the community”

The SSA invited the delegation to join the power sector stakeholders meeting held monthly in his office. He urged them to nominate 3 persons to represent each senatorial district at the meeting to work on billing and other power related issues across the State.