IBEDEC groans over N50 billion from Consumers in Kwara- Official - NEWS FRONTIER DAILY


Tuesday, June 20, 2023

IBEDEC groans over N50 billion from Consumers in Kwara- Official

Electricity consumers in Kwara state are currently owing the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company of Nigeria (IBEDEC) , PLC, a sum of over N50 billion.

Speaking at a stakeholders meeting in ilorin the company's  Lead Media Relations, Olori  Busolami Tunwase  who represented the company's Managing Director disclosed that electricity consumers in Jebba topped the chat with an outstandings of N25.8billion . 

Giving a break down of the company's revenue loss data
she said consumers in Baboko followed with N18.9 billion  while  those in challenge district owed the sum of  N7.4 billion .

Olori Tunwase regretted that the huge debt profile from kwara is hindering the company from fulfilling its obligations to its market operators, assuring "that when payment are made service will definitely improves."

She also advised consumers of electricity who intended to procure new pre- paid metre to shun third party so as not to be caught in the web of ilicit metre assuring that IBEDEC will flood the market with metres.

She further urged the teaming consumers of IBEDEC to shun energy theft and meter bypassing, warning that penalty according to the newly signed Act by President Tinubu is now Jail term.

Olori Tunwase who said that no amount of jail term could equate  safety of life warned that those involved in the unscrupulous act should stay away from it because it could also cost them their lives.

IBEDEC'S  Regional Manager, Engineer Gabriel Eze in his remark said the huge junk of the outstanding were from government ministries, department  and  agencies including the Nigeria Air force, Navy and Army.

Eze also said that currently meetings are ongoing with the heads of the concerned agencies who are disposed to working out how to pay the debt.

Kwara state Chairman Nigerian Electricity Regulations Commission  (NERC),  Ajanaku Adeleke in his address said his commission is daily being  inundated  with poor attitudes of IBEDEC's staff towards  electricity consumers urging the management to call their staff to order.

Ajanaku urged aggrieved members of the public to  approach the commission for possible resolution of their grievances instead of rushing to court. 

Many among the consumers in the gathering also raised several complaints among which are poor services of IBEDEC and the management, always  claiming ownership  with  its unscrupulous attitudes of collecting receipts used to buy Transformer  materials by various communities which often replaced their stolen Transformers. 

Recall that the management of IBEDC in May ,alerted  elctricity consumers within it franchise area  to expect an imminent black out from June due to backclog of unpaid electricity  bills. 

It said the market operator, a unit in the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), was planning to disconnect its  feeders from the national grid due to poor remittances . 

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