Electricity supply to the National Arts Theatre in Lagos on Sunday was disconnected by Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) because its management failed to pay over N9 million debt, The Guardian reports.
The General Manger, Media Communications, EKEDC, Mr Idemudia Godwin told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the complex was disconnected after several appeals and demand notices went disregarded.
Godwin stated that the debt is an accumulation of unpaid bills over time.
According to him, “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 added, “We have commenced disconnection of all historic debtors that include: residential, commercial, industrial and government establishments within our network.’’
He also said the astronomical indebtedness by some customers was taking its toll on the company. It is impacting negatively on the entire value chain in the electricity industry equation.
However, he said, 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.
He further said, “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.’’
An official of the National Arts Theatre who wants to remain anonymous confirmed to NAN on Sunday that electricity supply to the complex had been disconnected for close to a week.