The electricity supply to the National Theatre in Lagos has been disconnected by the Eko Electricity Distribution Company Plc (EKEDC) due to failure to clear a debt of over N9 million.
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The General Manager, Media Communications of EKEDC, Idemudia Godwin told Newsmen that the complex was disconnected after several appeals and demand notices, which were not attended to. According to him, the debt is an accumulation of unpaid bills over time.
“We don’t disconnect without serving notice. Besides, we recently ran a newspaper advertisement informing all ministries, departments and parastatal agencies (MDAs) of government that were indebted to EKEDC of our intention to disconnect them,” he said.
“We have commenced disconnection of all historic debtors that include: residential, commercial, industrial and government establishments within our network.”
The EKEDC spokesman said that the numerous debt by some customers was taking its toll on the company and is telling negatively on the entire value chain in the power sector equation. According to him, only 25 percent of the debt actually belongs to DISCOs, the rest are for other companies in the value chain-generating companies, bulk traders, gas suppliers, among others.
An official of the National Arts Theatre confirmed that electricity supply to the complex had been disconnected for close to a week, stating that an ongoing programme at the National Theatre is being powered by a generator. Sadly, this disconnection has also affected other businesses around the National Arts Theatre complex.
Similarly, it was also reported on July 24, that the Executive Director, Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED), that Sunday Odutan decried the huge indebtedness of government establishments and military formations to the distribution companies.
According to his statistics, these are the of indebtedness of the distribution companies across Nigeria: Abuja DISCO: N18.6 billion; Eko DISCO: N8.6 billion; Kaduna: N8.2 billion and Enugu: N7.2 billion.Others are Ibadan: N6.8 billion; Ikeja, N5.9 billion; Port Harcourt, N6.8 billion; Benin: N5.8 billion; Jos: N6.5 billion; Yola: N2.4 billion and Kano: N1.2 billion.