By Aminu Garko
The Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) said on Thursday that it collected more than N749 million from payment of electricity bills from consumers in Niger in August.
Alhaji Mahamud Keni, Niger Regional Manager, AEDC, told the News Agency of Nigeria ( NAN) in Minna on Thursday that the collection was unlike in the past, when partial N400 million was realised from consumers.
” Our projected target for the month of August is N1.5 billion monthly and we succeeded in realising N749 million.
” We have set in motion concrete working modalities to ensure proper collection of debts from consumers as well as payment of current bills to enable us to meet our target,” he said.
Keni, reiterated the company’s determination to continue to provide qualitative service through the provision of constant power supply in all parts of the state.
” We are presently providing 24 hours uninterrupted power supply to our teaming consumers across our state,” he said.
He said that the task ahead was for the consumers to support the company through constant payments of electricity bills for effective service delivery.
He explained that consumers had no reason not to pay electricity bills because of massive power supply in and outside the metropolis.
” If you don’t pay your bill certainly we will disconnect you and when you are ready to pay, you will be charged reconnection fees.
” So basically, it is advisable for consumers to pay for the light consumption to enable the company procure more equipment that would enhance power supply for enhanced socioeconomic activities,” he said.
The regional manager said that already the company had officially reached out to all federal agencies to ensure payments of their electricity bills.
” If we could disconnect Government House and ministries as well as hospitals for not paying electricity bills, certainly we will not spear any other organs of government.
Keni called on consumers to reciprocate the company’s gesture by ensuring prompt payment of their bills to ensure uninterrupted power supply in the state.