Why PHEDC disconnect water board as she owe over N175m electricity bills

By Edem Edem Calabar

Power Holding Electricity Distribution Company (PHEDC) has disconnected a multi million naira water board in Cross River State.

The water board is owned by the Cross River State Government and she supplied water to government establishment, individuals and corporate organizations in the state.

DAILY NEWS gathered that water board owed the PHEDC over N175m and the last payment of N15m was made in February 2019.

Following the non payment of the electricity bills for over  eight months, the company disconnected the water company exposing the people to water born diseases.

Sadly, the memorandum of understanding signed between the Cross River State Government and PHEDC was for N15m to be paid monthly.

Unfortunately, the state government according to reliable source from Water Board has no money to pay as the board could not generate such money.

Confirming the report, the Manager Corporate Communications, PHEDC, John Onyi told our reporter on Monday, “The Water Board have five accounts and the total amounts owed us is N175m and the last money (N15m) was paid on February 2019.

“We have had series of meetings, they even came to our office, we engaged them on the need for them to pay for electricity they used but they have refused to pay hence we disconnected them.

“They were disconnected on the last week of October 2019 and we have pleaded with them to pay because the last payment from them was in February and ever since they have not paid us.

“We, as a company, we bought electricity from the transmission company   of Nigeria, so we are finding it difficult to operate as well. As at close of business in last October in 2019, the total indebtedness is over N175m and that was why we disconnected them

Consequently, for the office of the accountant general, Onyi said that the office owed his company a total of N400, 000 and they have also been disconnected.

“We are pleading with government and her agencies and other corporate organizations and individuals who owe us to pay without further delay” he stated.



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