Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) has reportedly cut off power supply to the National Arts Theatre, Lagos as a result of its electricity debts, accruing to N12 million.
This was revealed by the General Manger, Corporate Communications of EKEDC, Mr Godwin Idemudia, on Friday in Lagos. He explained that the company had no other choice than to disconnect the theatre since the management refused to yield to their appeals to pay the accumulated bill.
The EKEDC spokesman, however, promised that supply would be restored if the management paid part of the debt.
According to a senior official of the National Theatre, the management would pay the bill as soon it received its allocation.
He said the management could not pay from of its generated revenue due to complications in the Treasury account which is run by the Federal Government, assuring the EKEDC, however, that the management would soon make part payment of the bills.
The outage is meanwhile, taking a toll on patronage to the popular relaxation area at the complex.
Trader’s at the theatre, had a lot to say about the effects of the outage on their business.
“Each of us spend more N1,500 daily to buy iced block to chill drinks.
“The darkness at the theatre has paralysed our businesses; no customer is willing to eat or take a hot drink,” one of the traders said.