Hoteliers in Rivers State have called on the management of the Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, PHED, to cut off power supply to their hotels.
The hotel, who operators came-up with this at a meeting held with a delegation of PHED, led by its Chief Executive Officer, Jay Mccoskey, disclosed that they were no longer comfortable paying exorbitant bills for erratic power supply.
President of the Nigeria Hotel Association, Eugene Nwauzi, claimed that most hotels in Rivers State get monthly bill amounting to millions of naira.
Nwauzi urged the PHED to disconnect hoteliers in Rivers State, while they await their call for negotiation into the new charges.
He said hotels would not survive in the state if they were forced to pay such huge and outrageous bills, disclosing that a committee had been set up to look at the issue of metres given out to the hotels.
According to him, “Hotels in Rivers State have resolved to be disconnected as a result of outrageous bills. They are saying that they cannot meet up with the new tariff from PHED.
“The state government, SSS and the state police command are aware of it. PHED needs us as we need them, but we need their services at an affordable rate. Many hotels are beginning to get scared.
We were told to negotiate with PHED. We met with the Head, Corporate Affairs. We told him that the new rate is not acceptable by the Nigerian Hotel Association. He promised to address the matter,” he said.
Reacting to the comments of the hoteliers, the CEO of PHED, McCoskey said, “Your concerns are correct, but we will do something since it is a business. We cannot on the strength of a letter disconnect anybody. Instead of doing that, you should write us individually and not as an association.
“PHED was working towards making electricity supply reliable and affordable. We came here to partner with you because we want to do business with you. We are trying our best to provide you with 24-hour power supply.”