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EKEDC Disconnect Electricity Supply to National Theatre over N9m Debt



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The Eko Electricity Distribution Company Plc (EKEDC) on Sunday said that electricity supply to the National Arts Theatre in Lagos was disconnected because its management failed to pay over N9 million debt.

Idemudia Godwin, General Manager, Media Communications of EKEDC, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the complex was disconnected after several appeals and demand notices went unheeded.

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.

We have commenced disconnection of all historic debtors that include: residential, commercial, industrial and government establishments within our network,” he said.

The EKEDC spokesman said that the astronomical indebtedness by some customers was taking its toll on the company.

This had seriously been impacting negatively on the entire value chain in the power sector equation, he said.

According to him, only 25 per cent of this debt actually belongs to DISCOs, the rest are for other companies in the value chain-generating companies, bulk traders, gas suppliers, among others.

“So if you do not pay and you accumulate debt, what you are looking at is a possible total collapse of the entire power sector. That is what we seek to avert by this action. We need this fund to energies the power sector; to ensure electricity supply and to grow the sector,” Idemudia said.

He stated that the operations of all distribution companies were hampered by huge indebtedness by the “historic debtors”.

An official of the National Arts Theatre who did not want his name mentioned confirmed to NAN on Sunday that electricity supply to the complex had been disconnected for close to a week.

The source said that the ongoing programme in one of the theatre’s halls was being powered by generator.

However, efforts to speak with the management of the theatre failed as they did not pick calls made to their cell phones.

NAN reports that the disconnection had affected business activities around the National Arts Theatre complex.

NAN also reports that on July 24, Sunday Odutan, Executive Director, Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED), decried the huge indebtedness of government establishments and military formations to the distribution companies.

He gave the statistics of indebtedness of the distribution companies as follows: 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.

Photo Credit: NAN PHOTO

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) was established by the Federal Government of Nigeria in May 1976 to gather and distribute news on Nigeria and cover events of interest to Nigeria at the international level for the benefit of the Nigerian Media and the Public.


  1. Jumai

    August 1, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    We don’t like to pay our bills but we expect services. It is a different thing if the service was not rendered, if it was pay your bill. Stop leaving lights and appliances on when you are not using them. That is how is you we generate bills that we shout are too high. Let’s all do our parts to ensure the system works.

    • seyi

      August 1, 2016 at 4:08 pm

      Pls don’t talk like that. These people refused to bringn meters to the market where my shop I located. If you see the few stores in the market? Yet they bring close to a million naira bill very month, the trader were so frustrated. When the gathered the Debi of about 3 million, th begged them not to reconnect the power as there’s no way they will be able to afford the bill in future. They’ve been asking for metres for so long but they’ve not come through. So Pls these distribution companies sef, som if them are the cause of their own demise

    • LemmeRant

      August 1, 2016 at 7:33 pm

      And I thought I was the one doing all ranting.

      America’s electricity tariff system is very different from what we have here. When a 1 bedroom flat is being billed 10,000. You think its because of light bulbs they refuse to switch off?

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