Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi has enjoined the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) to disconnect any Ministry, Department and Agency (MDA) that fails to pay for electricity supply.
The governor gave the charge Monday in his office while hosting the IBEDC management team in his office.
The team, led by the company’s Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Mr. John Donnachie, had intimated the governor of plans to enumerate the company’s assets including metres, poles, transformers and other property across the state.
Ajimobi, who challenged the company to step up enlightenment campaign for consumers, maintained that the apathy people often show towards payment of electricity tariff may not be unconnected to the huge cost of alternative power as well as the unsatisfactory service delivery from the electricity company.
The governor stressed that educating consumers is important because many people still hold the view that electricity is a free service from the government despite its change of name from NEPA to PHCN
He further enjoined the company to look into the option of generating power from other sources such as hydro, solar, wind etc in the stead of their sole dependence on gas.
Ajimobi, who highlighted the importance of a close collaboration between the company and the state government, noted that despite the huge population in the state, there abound more potential for higher demand of electricity with the launch of the Free Trade Zone initiative of the state government, assuring that it would definitely increase electricity demand from the company.
Mr. Donnachie said the visit was to intimate the governor and seek his approval of the N5 billion enumeration project which the company is planning to embark
Source: The Nation