While electricity supply in Nigeria remains epileptical, the Jos Electricity Distribution Company, JED, has said that its customers in Bauchi, Gombe, Benue and Plateau States owe the company humongous N115 billion.
Dr Friday Adakole Elijah, Head of Corporate Communications of JED in a statement said the debt of profile of the four franchise states gives a lot of concern to the company, hence, it resolved to deploy a debt collection task force.
He said any customer who is not able to clear their debt will have their energy supply cut off regardless of their placement in society.
“Apart from the settlement of their debts, customers were also required to pay their monthly charge for their consumed energy in full,” Dr Elijah said.
He said henceforth, energy consumption payment must be made in full, otherwise, JED will be left with no option but to disconnect such customers.
He said in order to enforce payment compliance, the Managing Director of the company, Engr Hashim Ibrahim Bakori, has personally gone around the eight regions comprising Azare, Bauchi, Gombe, Jos Metro, Bukuru, Makurdi, Otukpo and Gboko to sensitise staff on the onerous task ahead.
At the moment, Nigeria’s total power generation stood on the fringe of 5000 MW despite the installation of 13,000 MW capacity close to a decade ago when the sector was privatised.