The state government said it has procured 25 transformers to ensure regular supply of light for the Abakaliki urban and wants the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company( EEDC) to refund the cost of the transformers and all other funds invested in the sector.
Governor David Umahi made the request at Government House,Abakaliki, when the Management and the Board of EEDC, led by their Chairman, Chief Emeka Offor paid him a courtesy call.
Umahi assured that government would pay for any electricity consumed, saying: “if we consume electrify we must pay”.
He noted that the state government was being billed N35million monthly, as against N18 million due to it.
He complained that Ebonyi people have suffered so much in the hands of the EEDC over the issue of metering and enjoined the company to supply meters to consumers in the state without further delay.
He beckoned on EEDC to restore electricity to communities in Afikpo North Local Government Area, noting that the people of the area had shown enough remorse over the action of the youths on EEDC facilities and personnel two months ago.
He pledged that his administration would give 100% cooperation in the company’s drive to recover the debts owned by some individuals and the institutions hitherto paid by the state government.
Governor Umahi appealed to the people to pay their bills and continue to be patient with the company, as it has promised that the problem of metering would soon be over.
He expressed satisfaction with the humility demonstrated by Chief Offor over the disagreement between the State government and the Electricity Distribution Company over the billing pattern.
On protection of EEDC facilities in the state, he said there would be a meeting with the chairmen of the local government areas to work out the modus operandi.
– Wilfred Chimeremeze, Abakaliki