Disconnection notice: Enugu Govt fights back, seals EEDC offices

Disconnection notice: Enugu Govt fights back, seals EEDC offices

Days after issuing disconnection notices to some customers over unpaid electricity debt, the corporate headquarters of the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company, EEDC, and its offices have been sealed by the Enugu State Government.

Emeka Ezeh, Head of Corporate Communications EEDC disclosed this in a statement on Tuesday.

The Disco said the incident has disrupted its operation.

EEDC said the Enugu government alone is indebted to it to the tune of N1 billion, out of a total of N180 billion unpaid electricity debt in the region.

“On arriving for work this morning, we were surprised to meet our Corporate Head Office sealed by the Enugu Capital Territory Development Authority (ECTDA).

“This development is strange because there was no notice of any sort by the agency to our organization.

“We were informed by the Security Men on duty that in the early hours of today (Tuesday), at about 1.53 am, a group of men came and locked up the gates, claiming that the State Governor directed the action.

“Our Abakpa, Awkunanaw, and Ogui District offices were not spared as their gates were equally sealed and locked.

“As of now, there has not been any clear information/ communication from ECTDA explaining their action.

“We however suspect that this action might not be unconnected to the notice of disconnection published by EEDC informing indebted customers of the intention to commence disconnection today, Tuesday 11th June, 2024.

“Enugu State Government happens to be one of the indebted customers with over N1 Billion owed to EEDC. It is important to state that the majority of the state government’s facilities are metered (so, it is not a case of estimated billing).

“EEDC has about N180 Billion as debt owed the company and has concluded plans to commence disconnection of indebted customers,” Ezeh said in a statement.

Earlier, EEDC had issued disconnection notices to the Enugu State Government and other southeast state governments and other entities in the region over N180 billion in unpaid electricity bills.

As of the time of filing the report, the Enugu State Government has not given any reason for sealing the EEDC office.

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