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Aso Villa, CBN others accumulate N47 billion in electricity bills, face disconnection by AEDC

Abuja Electricity Distribution Company Threatens Disconnection over Outstanding Debts

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In a stark revelation, the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) disclosed that a staggering N47 billion in unpaid electricity bills is owed by 86 ministries, agencies, and departments (MDAs) of the Nigerian government. The mounting debt, detailed in a public notice issued by the AEDC, underscores the financial strain faced by both public entities and the utility provider amidst Nigeria’s economic challenges.

Among the prominent debtors, the Presidential Villa, the National Security Adviser, and several key ministries are listed with substantial outstanding balances. The AEDC warned of imminent disconnection if the debts are not settled within 10 days from the date of the notice, signaling a potential disruption to essential government services.

According to reports, the Chief of Defense Staff barracks and military formations top the list of indebted MDAs, owing a staggering N12 billion. Other notable debtors include the Ministry of Finance, the Niger State Governor’s Office, the Ministry of Petroleum Resources, and the Central Bank Governor’s Office.

The Minister of Power, Adebayo Adelabu, whose ministry is also indebted to the AEDC, has previously cited unpaid debts as a significant challenge plaguing the nation’s power sector. Adelabu’s media aide refuted claims of unpaid bills during his tenure, attributing any outstanding debts to potential inheritances from previous administrations.

The looming threat of disconnection underscores the urgency for government entities to address their financial obligations promptly. However, responses from concerned MDAs and officials are awaited, highlighting the complexity of the issue and the broader challenges facing Nigeria’s public finances and utility infrastructure.

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