On February 13, the Federal Government had directed power distribution companies to make all submissions of debts owed them by its Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDA), before the end of this month in order to settle the bills. However, it appears that the government has refused to settle all outstanding debts owed by the MDAs, The Punch reports.
It was gathered that instead of clearing all the debts, the government said it would only settle the electricity bills that accumulated between 2015 and February 2017, leaving out those incurred in 2013 and 2014. While the MDAs’ electricity debts owed the power distribution companies from 2015 to date was put at N100bn, they were said to incur a total debt of N30bn for 2013 and 2014.
The spokesperson and Executive Director, Research and Advocacy, Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors (ANED), an umbrella body for the Discos, Mr. Sunday Oduntan as well as senior officials of different Discos stated that they received the directive from the government, but were surprised to hear that payments would only be for power consumed between 2015 and February 2017.