Niger releases 274 million naira to AEDC, power supply restored | The Guardian Nigeria News

The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has restored power supply to Niger’s government, ministries, departments and agencies after the payment of N274 million in electricity bills.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that AEDC on August 26 disconnected government house, ministries and health facilities over unpaid electricity bills totaling N1.3 billion.

Alhaji Mahamud Keni, Niger Regional Director, AEDC, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Minna on Tuesday that the government had agreed to pay 100 million naira per month to settle the outstanding debt of 1 .3 billion naira.

“The company has received the sum of 200 million naira of unpaid debts of 1.3 billion naira of unpaid bills that accrued before and 74 million naira of current monthly bill for the month of August.

“Since then, we have restored the power supply to the Government House, hospitals, ministries as well as various state departments, institutions and hospitals.

“We expect the state government to fulfill its obligation by guaranteeing prompt payment of N100 million per month as agreed to settle outstanding debts,” he said.

Keni, reiterated the company’s determination to continue providing quality service through the provision of constant power supply for the overall development of the state.

When contacted, the state government secretary, Mr. Ahmed Matane, told NAN over the phone that 274 million naira had been paid to the company.

“We paid 200 million naira in debts and 74 million naira in monthly electricity bills.

“I am very shocked by the company’s disconnection of power supply to government agencies, considering the modest contribution to the development of the electricity sector by the current state administration.

“We have invested over N13 billion in purchasing transformers and other facilities to help the company improve the power supply.

“We have done this in good faith over the past seven years to allow the business to operate optimally,” Matane said.

Matane also said it was surprising that the company made the decision to disconnect government agencies over unpaid debts.

NAN reports that there has been a marked improvement in power supply especially in different parts of the state due to the installation of various facilities by AEDC worth over 500 million of naira.

Alan A. Seibert