Ministry of Defence, Others Owe Discos N31Billion Electricity Bill

A recent electricity debt report profile of six electricity distribution companies , Discos, have revealed that the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies, MDAs, of both the federal and state governments in the country are owing over N31 billion in electricity bills already consumed by them since November 2013.

The total debt profile of the six Discos, showed that the Ministry of Defence, military and the paramilitary formations in the affected distribution networks alone owe the Discos N15.5 billion.

The affected Discos in the aggregated record, in the paper sighted, are Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), Kaduna Electric, Kano Electricity Distribution Company (KEDC) and Eko Electricity Distribution Company (EKEDC) as well as Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) and Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC).

The record of debts owed to the other Discos; Port Harcourt, Ikeja, Enugu, Yola and Jos Discos, by government agencies was not seen.

However, the breakdown showed that Abuja Disco is owed N7.1 billion with the Ministry of Defence owing a larger part to the tune of N3.6 billion.

The military was again sighted as the highest debtor in the books of Kaduna Electric with over N5.7 billion, while the police, other paramilitary outfits and state MDAs owe over N980 million. Kaduna’s entire debt from public institutions stands at N6.7 billion.

For Ibadan Disco, N5.2 billion is owed to it by the federal and state MDAs, while the military owes N3.9 billion to it; others owe it the balance of N1.2 billion.

Kano Disco is however owed over N860 million with the state and other MDAs owing N560 million and military formations owing N260 million.

Eko Disco in Lagos is owed N2.3 billion with the police, federal and Lagos government owing over N400 million to it. The military formations owe N1.9 billion to the Discos.


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