The Management of Eko Electricity Distribution Company has denied the news report claiming that the DisCo failed to make its January Payment for Bulk Electricity to the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc (NBET).
The Electricity Distribution Company released a statement signed by Mr Wola Joseph – Ojoye, Chief Legal Officer, Legal & Company Secretariat Department. The statement read thus;
“The attention of Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDP) has been drawn to a news report first carried by Daily Trust on Tuesday,3rd April, 2018 and later on various media platforms.
The report titled,” 7 discos fail to make January Payment for Bulk Electricity” listed EKEDP as one of the distribution companies that failed to make payment for energy invoiced in January 2018 by the Nigerian Bulk Electricity Trading Plc(NBET).
The listing of EKEDP as one of the companies that defaulted in payment for bulk energy in January 2018 is capable of misleading the reading public especially stakehlders in the NIgerian Electricity Power Sector as EKEDP made payment to NBET in the month of January 2018 contrary to the zero remittance position misrepresented by Daily Trust and the other media outfit.
A proper check with the NBET will reveal that our Company has been consistent in the settlement of energy invoices from NBET month after month.
It is pertinent to state that an energy invoice for the previous month usually comes towards the end of the following month and a due date is stated thereon for payment.
Following this pattern, the energy bill for the month of January 2018 was received on the 26th of February 2018 and payment was made by our company on 6th March,2018 which was before the due date.
We are of the opinion that this error of misinformation would have been prevented if Daily Trust and the other media outfits had adhered to professional ethics by contacting EKEDP to verify before publishing.
Being a customer-centric utility company, EKEDP believes it owes its customers and the members of the public the duty to communicate the true position of EKEDP in this matter.
Finally, as a company that holds the media in high esteem as veritable partners and important stakeholders, we will advise that proper clarification and cross checking of facts be done in the future before reports of this nature are published so as not to feed the reading public with half-truths or outright misinformation.