The Transmission Company of Nigeria, TCN, has disconnected two critical feeders belonging to Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, PHED in the early hours of Friday, 2nd August, 2019.
The feeders are Borikiri and Secretariat 33kv lines with 8 No. outgoing 11kv feeders.
A letter on non –compliance and financial penalty from the TCN was received by PHED on 3rd July 2019, wherein TCN alleged that PHED had breached the market rules. PHED responded accordingly and made spirited attempts to seek clarifications on the said breaches, but all proved in vain. PHED also appeared before the TCN set committee to make its positions known.
Regardless of the above, PHED has already made payment of her outstanding debt to TCN, despite huge outstanding debt by electricity users, a situation that has put PHED in a financial quagmire.
PHED’s customers in Akwa Ibom, Bayelsa, Cross River and Rivers states are owing N161.7Billion as at close of business in June 2019.
The areas affected by the disconnection include State Secretariat, Government House, UTC Area, BMH, Amadi Flats, Moscow Road, Forces Avenue and the entire Port Harcourt Township.
Based on the above, social and economic activities including those on essential services such as the hospitals, Security Agencies, Banks, Ministries Department & Agencies, MDAs, Government House and ordinary man on the street have been paralyzed.
PHED, hereby, solicits customers patience while renewed effort is underway to bring the situation under control.
Customers are by this medium also reminded to kindly pay their outstanding bill if any to avert any future re-occurrence.
Manager, Corporate Communications,