Abuja - Electricity Distribution Companies (Discos) have disclosed that Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) of the federal, state and local government, including military and paramilitary formations in the country owe a total of N58 billion in unpaid electricity bills.
Of the amount, the Nigerian Army is said to owe eight out of the 11 Discos a total of N15 billion most of which dates back to 2013.
Giving a breakdown of the debt profile at a briefing in Abuja yesterday, the Executive Director, Research and Advocacy, Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED), Sunday Oduntan, said the Nigerian Army owe the Benin Disco N2.3 billion, Eko Disco N1.9 billion and Ikeja Disco N1.6 billion.
Similarly, he said the Jos Discos is owed N2 billion, Kaduna Disco N6.6 billion, Kano Disco N301 million, Port Harcourt Disco N1.3 billion and Yola Disco N435 million, as at 31st December, 2015.
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Oduntan called on the federal government to help the Discos recover their debts from the MDAs, explaining that of the tariff, only 25 per cent is retained by the Discos, as 60 per cent goes to the generation companies, 11 per cent to the Transmission Company of Nigeria and 4 per cent to other stakeholders, including the Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC).
He further appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to also prevail on the Nigerian Army to stop assaulting the Discos staff over electricity supply, while lamenting a particular incident which occurred on the 6th of March, 2015, where an Army Major from the 33 Artillery Brigade in Ogun State, allegedly led other officers to the control room to maltreat a staff working at the injection substation.
- News 24