Sometimes in 2018, I realized that Kaduna Electricity Company were asking people in Kakuri community in Kaduna State, Nigeria to pay from N1,000 above before they can get electric token for supply. This went on for long in a semi poor community where almost everyone live from hand to mouth unabatedly.
I took it up and contested that the forceful asking of N1 000 above purchase from Kaduna Electric Company on the community consumers is outright violation and abuse of consumers rights to choice. And on 29th January 2019, got a judgement against them on behalf of the community. Please attached is the judgement.Dennis vs Kaduna Electric.pdf (1.2 MB)
Recently I have realized that Kaduna Electric Company have gone back to the former unlawful action in the State, by asking and forcefully demanding all consumers to buy electric token at N1,000 above before they can purchase.
Untiring, I have also begun the process again by filling a petition against them before Nigeria Electricity Regulatory Commission Forum. Hearing will soon commence.
This time I am praying for the forum to -
- To declare the continous act in any guise as unfair practice, breach of consumers rights, unlawful, null and void.
- To declare their action as contempt given that I had gotten judgement against them on the same subject matter on 29th January 2019.
- To declare it unlawful and breach of consumers rights to information and price change, by not notifying consumers with relevant information before demanding whatsoever in guise of buying token at N1 000 above.
- If their action is found to be violation as mentioned above, Kaduna Electric Company should publish full page colored advertorial apology in 3 Nigerian National newspapers to Kaduna State consumers.
(The writeup is attempt to share experience in the use of petition as powerful tool in our local advocacy works for collective rights).