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    Posted March 23, 2014 by
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    Protest in Benin City, Nigeria

    The Edo State Civil Society Organizations led the people of Edo State, Nigeria to a street protest over what they discovered as illegal Fixed Charge of 750 naira on their electricity bills monthly by the Benin Electricity Distribution Company, this amount is added to consumers' bill whether they utilize power or not, the power sector was privatised in Nigeria November 2013 so as to increase power supply and do away with the epileptic power supply that has affected the country since independence, upon privatization, power supply has moved from bad to worse, other grievances are non supply of meters to consumers who had paid for 2 years running and are being subjected to estimated billings. The fixed charge has not been tied to any discernable purpose, the people are worried that they are forced to pay for darkness on a monthly basis. The lack of adequate power has made many companies relocate their operations to other neighbouring countries where power is steady. The protest has lasted for five days now.
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