Abuja - The Minister of State for Power, Mohammed Wakil, has directed the Yola Distribution Company to reconnect electricity in Biu Local Government Area of Borno State without delay.
He gave the directive after a closed door meeting with management of the company in his office in Abuja following an outage caused by a recent suicide bomb attacks, among other incidents of terror in the region.
Wakil told the Yola management that the Emir of Biu had given assurance of safety for the personnel of the firm in Biu as well as commitment that the residents would fulfill their obligation once power is restored.
The minister appreciated the company for operating despite the difficult circumstances in the North East and assured the management that the leaders and youth of Biu had resolved to create and sustain a positive operating environment for the company.
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“We appreciate your difficult operating environment. We accept there are challenges. But the issues are resolved. Your men are safe. I have assurances of leaders of the community. Provide light and our people will pay their bills.
"We will support you in all manners possible. Be assured you and your staff are safe in Biu. All your requests will be looked into. In the meantime, you are to reconnect Biu within 48 hours,” Wakil said.
The acting Managing Director of the company, Luis Doble, said insurgency in the area had made their operations very difficult.
He said the tense situation was affecting business returns.
Doble urged residents to pay their power bills regularly as possible and pledged to comply with the minister's directive without delay.
- CAJ News