Streetlights: Government Spent over N900 Million on Bills

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The Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has said that it paid over N900 million to the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) being streetlights bill from January to December 2017.

Coordinator, Abuja Metropolitan Management Council, (AMMC), Umar Shuaibu, disclosed this against the background of an incessant power outage in many districts.

Lamenting the cost of maintaining the streetlights, Shuiabu said: “May I disclose that FCT Administration has released the sum of N914,741,886 million to AEDC as payment for electricity bills. We are determined to sustain and to illuminate major streets of the nation’s capital, the Council has engaged Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) to jointly make a roadmap towards resolving the issue of incessant power shortage in the Federal Capital City,” he said.

Shuaibu who expressed worries that the efforts of the Council have continued to be jeopardized by activities of some criminal elements who were always vandalising public utilities, especially street lighting cables and other equipment, stated that the administration was working to ensure that all the leakages being exploited by the vandals were blocked.

On the issue of illegal dumping of refuse in some parts of the city, AMMC boss also disclosed that the Council has engaged 27 cleaning contractors to manage 27 districts of the city while bemoaning that indiscriminate dumping of refuse was still persisting in some parts of the city.

“In the past refuse are left unattended for weeks. In some cases, when evacuating refuse especially along the Airport Road and other strategic parts of the city, refuse splash around the streets, as a result, the waste is not properly disposed of.

“ The AEPB had engaged 27 cleaning contractors for taking care of 27 districts within the FCC to rid the city of all solid waste and for sweeping the streets, the expressways, and the inner roads and also the enforcement is taking charge of all and Sundry human nuisances. The new contract will take effect by June 2018 which will cover 48 districts”, Shuaibu noted.

Source: The Nation

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