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Tough TCN to disconnect Kwara, Oyo, Niger, 4 others over unpaid electricity bills

Tough TCN to disconnect Kwara, Oyo, Niger, 4 others over unpaid electricity bills

The management of Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC), on Wednesday, alerted electricity consumers within its franchise areas about imminent blackout from June due to backlog of unpaid electricity bills.

It said the market operator, a unit in the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), is planning to disconnect its feeders from the national grid due to poor remittances from next month.

The states to be affected are Kwara, Ogun, Osun, Oyo, Kogi, Ekiti and Niger.

A statement signed by the managing director of IBEDC, Engr. Kingsley Achife, and made available to newsmen in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, warned that the disconnection w will result in power outages to customers within IBEDC franchise area.

“As a revenue collection arm of the electricity value chain, IBEDC sells and distributes electricity generated by the generation companies.

“However, the company is unable to meet its financial obligations to the electricity value chain due to poor payment and huge outstanding bills by customers.

“We urge our customers to note that failure to pay current and outstanding electricity bills may result in disruption of power to homes, communities, and businesses connected to our network,” Achife stated.

 

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