AEDC Begins Clean-up of Poorly Wired Network
The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has begun the clean-up of poorly wired communities, beginning with Gishiri village in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) on Oct. 9.
This exercise would be subsequently extended to Tudun Wada and Dape in Lugbe and Life Camp areas of the territory.
Ahmed Shekarau, Head of Public Relations and Media of AEDC said the work in Gishiri community would commence with the strategic removal of substandard electrical poles and their replacement with standard concrete ones. He, however, said that the Gishiri network sanitization would result in intermittent disruption of power supply in some parts of the community at some periods.
“Against this backdrop, therefore, we are appealing for the patience and understanding of our affected customers, just as we solicit their cooperation with members of the teams appointed to carry out this operation,“ the AEDC Spokesman said.
FG Charges DisCos To Collect N40bn Debt
The Federal Government on Monday charged electricity distribution companies to engage state governments in order to collect the outstanding electricity debt amounting to about N40bn owed by the Ministries, Departments, and Agencies of the various state and local governments.
It stated that on Wednesday, October 4, 2017, the Federal Executive Council approved the verified sum of N25.9bn as the Federal Government MDAs’ debts, and its payment by setting it off against the debts owed by the Discos to Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Company.
The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola, told participants at the 20th power sector meeting that the outstanding MDAs’ debt of about N40bn should be verified with the state governments, as the Federal Government had successfully verified what its MDAs owed the Discos.
He said, “If you engage them (state governments) properly, they can help you to verify debts that are owed so that the payment plan can be developed. Out of the claims that you submitted to us, we found out that only a part of those claims related to Federal Government agencies. So what we have verified does not mean that there may not be legitimate claims in respect of the unverified N40bn.