Electricity users in Umuahia metropolis, Abia State are currently in jubilant mood as the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC), has commenced mass metering, to end the era of dubious estimated billing.
Reports have it that the exercise commenced around Afara Street Umuahia.
Speaking with our correspondent, the chairman of Afara Street, Comrade Uche Ogbonnaya, expressed satisfaction with the development, saying that it is what the residents have been clamouring for.
According to him, about seventy percent of the residents had been metered earlier following a court ruling in 2017.
The current exercise is targeted at the thirty percent of residents who are yet to be enrolled in the metering system. He expressed satisfaction with the exercise which he said is cost-free.
Another resident, Christy, expressed joy that finally the EEDC would complete a project they started about five years ago, adding that the era of over billing was over.
In his comment, Ozoeze Onyebuchi, the Network Manager EEDC Umuahia, told newsmen that the move is in fulfillment of its promise to meter all its customers in Umuahia and around the South East and its franchise area.
Recall that Abia State House of Assembly few weeks ago, had summoned authorities of the EEDC over obnoxious billing system in Abia, a move said to be behind the new mass metering exercise.
Onyebuchi, however, assured that EEDC is committed to ensuring that the issue of estimated billing is reduced to the barest minimum.
He said the target is to reach a minimum of ten to fifteen thousand households before the end of 2021. While urging customers to recharge their meters, Onyebuchi expressed optimism that the customers will enjoy the system which he affirmed comes with no cost.