Abakaliki - The Ebonyi Government says
it will seek legal action against Enugu Electricity Distribution Company (EEDC)
if it fails to provide pre-paid metres in the state.
Gov. Dave Umahi, who said this on Wednesday in Abakaliki
during a chat with newsmen, said the government would no longer pay estimated
“We are not quarrelling with the company, but the government
told the firm’s manager in Ebonyi that we would not pay the bills they
presented to us or they should disconnect our lines.
“We stressed that we will only pay when the pre-paid meters
are provided and we will do a check on what the meters read monthly.
“This would enable us conduct a backlog check and make
claims on our past payments to ensure that all anomalies connected with
estimated billings are corrected,” he said.
Also read: Electricity consumers in Abakaliki appeal for pre-paid meters
The governor said that the government would institute legal
action against the company if it failed on its billing.
He said that government would soon construct three
‘over-head’ bridges in Abakaliki to ease traffic movement in the town and
enhance its aesthetic nature.
“We will complete all projects we start within one year as this will prove the
seriousness we attach to infrastructure development in the state.
“We might not have 100 per cent of the funds before
commencement, but we have 100 per cent of ideas to successfully complete the
“Any contractor, who fails to complete his project within
the stipulated period, will pay the government damages”, he said.
Mrs Veronica Osim, Chairman of the Nigerian Union of
Journalists (NUJ) in the state, thanked the governor for the interaction.
Osim said that journalists would always report government’s
“We would always discharge our duties to the society without
fear while soliciting the assistance of various governmental agencies to make
our duties easier,” she said.
Mr Lazarus Onyearugbulem, the Public Relations Officer in EEDC, told the News
Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that he had reported the issues raised to the
“We felt that we should be consulted to ascertain our side
of the matter, but we assured the Ebonyi Government and its people of
fulfilling our obligations towards them.
“We have commenced the installation of pre-paid meters for
corporate organisations in the state and would commence that of residential
buildings from January,” Onyearugbulem said.