Federal Ministries And Agencies Owe N93bn Electricity Bills – ANED

The Association of Nigeria Electricity
Distributors (ANED), on Saturday said it
would not disconnect power supply to
Government Ministries Departments
and Agencies (MDAs) over the N93
billion outstanding debts. The Executive Director, Research and
Advocacy of ANED, Mr Sunday
Oduntan, disclosed this in in a
telephone interview with the News
Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos .
He spoke against speculations that Distribution Companies (DISCOs) may
disconnect MDAs for failure to settles
their indebtedness to the distribution
companies.
According to Oduntan, DISCOs are
more interested in negotiating and making sure the issues are resolved
amicably.
He said that the Minister of Works,
Power and Housing, Mr Raji Fashola,
had promised DISCOs that government
was making arrangement for the payment.
The director said that DISCOs believed
that the Fashola would always fulfill
his promise, adding that the
negotiation with the government
representatives would be positive. “We are aware of the present
challenges faced the present
administration in economic sector and
its efforts in ensuring regular electricity
supply to all and sundry.
“Disconnection of all MDAs will only add to these challenges, so we are
engaging the Federal Government in a
negotiation at present and we
believed that this will resolve the
financial crisis in the sector,” he said.
He urged electricity consumers nationwide to ensure prompt payment
of the electricity bills.
NAN reports that on May 21, ANED
announced that all historic debtors,
including residential, commercial,
industrial and government establishments across the three tiers of
government would be disconnected
due to unpaid electricity bills.
ANED said that government
establishments, including the military
and security agencies alone, owed the DISCOs over N93 billion.
Fashola, had at a town hall forum
organised by the Kukah Centre, on
June 16, promised to pay the N78.7
billion electricity debts owed
distribution companies by MDAs before the end of the year. (NAN)