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Abuja Electricity Distribution Company to disconnect presidential villa, 86 MDAS over N47bn debt


Abuja Electricity Distribution Company on Monday said it will disconnect electricity in the Presidential Villa and 86 Federal Government's Ministry Department and Agencies over N47,195 billion outstanding debts as of December 2023.

AEDC made this known on Monday in a report made available to The PUNCH. 

Some of the affected MDAs are Chief of Defence Staff - Barracks and Military Formations owing N12bn, FCT Ministry, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of State Petroleum, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Information, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Agriculture. 

Others are the Federal Inland Revenue Service, Ministry of Education, CBN governor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Budget and Planning, Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Ministry of Interior, Head ECOWAS, and Ministry of Transport, among others. 

While issuing a notice of disconnection to the affected MDAS, AEDC said, "The Management of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has given a 10 days' notice to 86 Government to pay up the N47.1bn electricity debt they owe or risk disconnection. 

"The Abuja Electricity Distribution PLC is constrained to do this publication with the details of Government, Ministries, Departments and Agencies with long outstanding unpaid bills for services rendered to them through the provision of electricity supply in that our previous attempts to make them honour their obligations have not achieved the desired results. 

"The firm also urged the MDAs to pay up before the disconnection time slated for Wednesday, February 28, 2024. 

"The relevant MDAs are hereby given notice that the AEDC shall, after the expiration of 10 days from the date of this publication, that is, after Wednesday, February 28, 2024, embark on the disconnection of our services to them until they discharge their obligations to us by paying their debts. 

In 2019, The PUNCH reports that The Federal Executive Council approved the inclusion of the presidential villa in the eligible customer policy to ensure uninterrupted power supply to the villa. 

This was made known by Hakeem Bello, special adviser on communications to the then minister of power, Babatunde Fashola, who said the approval aimed to improve the electricity supply and distribution in the country. 

According to him, the approval was made at the FEC meeting in response to a memorandum submitted by the minister seeking approval to include the presidential villa in the distribution expansion programme earlier approved by the council. 

The eligible customer regulation, which The programme seeks to enable unutilised 2000 megawatts (MW) from the GenCos to be distributed to targeted metered customers. 

"The Ministry had earlier obtained approval from the Bureau of Public Procurement (BPP) following its letter to the Bureau intimating it of the Council's approval of the Distribution Expansion Programme with the intention of the Ministry to procure civil works that would facilitate uninterrupted power supply to the Aso Rock Villa and curb the present erratic supply of power in spite of the availability of power by the Generation Companies (GenCos)," Bello said.

 "The project to be executed by Messrs Dextron Engineering Limited, has a completion period of six months under the Distribution Expansion Programme.

An arrangement has also been put in place such that a GenCo, North-South Power Company Limited, will procure the dedicated supply to the Villa from the National Grid while the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has indicated interest in ensuring the success of the project.

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