How to make a Complaint to Abuja Electricity Distribution Company
The Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission is an independent body, established by the Electricity Act 2023 (originally established under Electric Power Sector Reform Act of 2005) as the regulator of the Nigerian Electricity Supply Industry. One of its major functions is to ensure the safety, security, reliability and quality of service in the production and delivery of electricity to consumers.
The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company is licensed by the NERC to distribute electricity to the homes and offices of the FCT, Kogi, Nasarawa & most parts of Niger States
How to make a complaint
If as a customer you are unsatisfied with the service by the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, you have a right to make a complaint directly to the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company. Issues you can make a complaint about include things like not having a functioning meter, disputing your electricity bill, illegal disconnection of your electricity, failure to fix a faulty transformer or other electricity related equipment, etc.
Before going into the complaint process, it is important to note and for you to be aware of that Abuja Electricity Distribution Company is legally prohibited from just coming to your residence and disconnecting your electricity without notice. Even in instances where you are owing your electricity bill. To be clear, they do have a right to disconnect your electricity in certain circumstances – but to exercise that right they must first give you written notice that they will be disconnecting your electricity. They can’t surprise you with it.
Also, you should know that it is not the responsibility of electricity customer or the community to buy, replace or repair electricity transformers, poles and related equipment used in the supply of electricity. So, if your transformer blows, it is not your duty to replace it.
The first step in making a complaint is to complain directly to Abuja Electricity Distribution Company. You can do this by submitting a complaint through the information provided on their contact page here – https://www.abujaelectricity.com/contact-us/ , you can call their 24/7 Hotline: 08039070070; or by WhatsApp on 08152141414 | 08152151515; or you can send your complaint via email to email@example.com; or even go in person to make a complaint at their office – No 1 Ziguinchor Street, Off IBB Way, Wuse Zone 4, FCT.
When submitting your complaint, remember many complaints are successfully resolved between Abuja Electricity Distribution Company and the customer, and so you should give as much detail and information to them to enable them to properly review and attempt to resolve your complaint. However, it is important that in making your complaint, you keep a detailed account of the problem, including:
- Dates of contact with Abuja Electricity Distribution Company,
- Details about your complaint (e.g. timeline of events),
- Copies of all correspondence and bills,
- Names of people you’ve spoken to (if possible).
Escalating and appealing unresolved complaints to NERC
Where you are unsatisfied with the resolution proposed by Abuja Electricity Distribution Company or they do not sufficiently respond to the complaint, you have a right to escalate the complaint to the NERC Forum Office within the coverage area of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company.
The Abuja Forum Office is located at No.14, Road 131, Gwarinpa, Abuja. You can also reach them by phone on 0814-686-2225 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This is not the final escalation available, and so if you are unhappy with the resolution by the NERC Forum Office, you can further appeal by writing a petition to the NERC, and submitting your to the Customer Complaints Unit, NERC by email at email@example.com , or by telephone at 09 462 1414 & 09 462 1424
Finally, another option is to consider making a complaint to the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission in Nigeria, our article here explains the process.
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