The managing director of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company
(AEDC), Engr. Ernest Mpwaya, has stated that the company is being owed over N770m by both government and private consumers in the Minna district of the company and gradually crippling the activities of the company.
The managing director represented by the director, Risk Office, Mr
Collins Chabuka at a sensitisation programme on health, safety and
environmental matters in Minna yesterday said “Niger State consumers
are our highest debtors, they have to do something to reduce it for us
to serve the state better “
He stated that the company was already feeling the negative effect of
the debt and therefore solicited the support of traditional rulers in
the state for the recovery of the debt saying that “The electricity we
supply we have to buy it, without money we cannot do so”.
He advised consumers against patronising “quacks” for solving domestic
electricity were often caused by same people disclosing that the AEDC
would compensate victims of the recent electricity problems in the
Angwa Biri area of Minna during which four people died and several
others were injured.
He said as a first step, AEDC took responsibility of treating one of
the very seriously injured victims saying that the injured man was
taken to a specialist hospital in Abuja for medical attention saying,
“We have done our own calculations as far as the compensation is
concerned we are only waiting for the regulatory agency to give us the
.At the Palace of the Emir of Minna Alhaji Umar Farouq Bahago, the
Emir asked the agency to improve on electricity supply to its
customers in his emirate in order to boost their businesses and
generate employment for the people.
Alhaji Umar Farouq Bahago, appreciated the improvement in electricity
supply in his emirate in recent times but said a 24 hour supply would
boost businesses and generate employment which would translate to
improved income for the organisation saying that “we will assist you
in the protection of your installations”.