by Seyi Lawal
Jafaar, younger brother of former Chief of Army Staff, Lt.-Gen. Abdulrahman Dambazau, on Thursday told a Public Hearing on Electricity Metering Inquiry Committee for North-West that the Power Holding Company of Nigeria hiked his bill from N22,000 to N1.5m because they were tipped off he had made recently money abroad.
“I didn’t pay that bill. I wrote officially to the head office at Zone 4 and it was resolved. They established a board of inquiry into the matter. In fact, they found out that it was somebody that whispered that I had gone abroad to make dollars. So, based on that, the thing was reversed to N22,000 from the N1.5m. I am a medical doctor assigned to go to Chad, Mali and Bukina Faso to give them medical assistance as a representative of Nigeria,” he said.
He also told the committee that Mahuta community on the outskirt of Kaduna metropolis contributed N183,000 and gave it to a member of staff of the PHCN to fix a faulty transformer only for the official to disappear with the money leaving the community without electricity for three months.
Dambazau sighted lack of orientation as the problem of the PHCN and suggested re-training for its junior staff.
Another alleged victim of the PHCN scam, a resident of Zambia Crescent in the Barnawa area of the state, Bamidele Tainimu said that the PHCN billed her uncompleted family home. Testifying before the committee, she said: “In 2009, as soon as we acquired a plot of land at the Zambia Crescent in the Barnawa area of the state, we decided to apply for a meter. After some few months even though we are using generator, bills starting rolling in. at this point, we were yet to be given electricity in the uncompleted building but to our greatest surprise, we were given bill by PHCN. By 2010 when the pre-paid meter finally came, we were asked to pay an outstanding bill of over N50,000 for what we are yet to consume.”
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