On Saturday, the Association of Nigeria Electricity Distributors (ANED) said that it has decided that discos will continue to supply power to Government Ministries Department, despite them owing $291 million.
This was disclosed by Executive Director, Research and Advocacy of ANED, Sunday Oduntan, during an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, Leadership reported.
According to Oduntan, the objective of distribution companies is not to resort to disconnection but rather to negotiate a suitable way forward for both parties.
Discos to receive payment
The Executive Director added that according to the Minister of Works, Power and Housing, Raji Fashola, government was in the process of identifying a suitable payment scheme for the affected discos.
Oduntan said: “We are aware of the present challenges faced [by] the present administration in [the] economic sector and its efforts in ensuring regular electricity supply to all and sundry.
“Disconnection of all MDAs will only add to these challenges, so we are engaging the Federal Government in a negotiation at present and we believed that this will resolve the financial crisis in the sector.”
Adding that the disco’s have full faith in the minister to uphold his promises, Oduntan urged electricity consumers nationwide to ensure prompt payment of the electricity bills.
Response to alleged disconnection
The above decision comes in response to an earlier announcement made by ANED, stating that all historic debtors, including residential, commercial, industrial and government establishments across the three tiers of government would be disconnected due to unpaid electricity bills, media reported.
According to media, Fashola promised to pay the $244 million electricity debts owed to distribution companies by MDAs before the end of the year.