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Eket electricity consumers owe PHEDC N937m



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Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company, PHEDC, said current debt of electricity consumers in Eket
Business Unit is N937 million as at March 31.
Mr John Onyi, the Manager, Corporate Communications, made the disclosure in an interview with
newsmen in Eket Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State yesterday.
Onyi said the company arrived at the amount after a detailed study of debt accrued from all the five
feeders under Eket Business Unit.

"Most residential customers and rural customers in Eket owe PHEDC N937 million electricity bill as at
March 31," onyi said.
The corporate affairs manager, who disclosed that PHEDC loses over N3.5 billion annually on energy, r
said complaints over epileptic power supply is not peculiar to Eket and Akwa Ibom.
"It is based on what we received from the nbational grid, that is what we roll out to our customers and
that is how it is done," he said
Onyi, however, gave companies in the area a clean bill of health but blamed rural dwellers and other
customers for the debt to PHEDC.
The challenges faced by the company, the manager said include inadequate power from the national
grid, vandalisation of equipment and non-payment of electricity bills from consumers.
He decried the high rate of vandalism of PHEDC equipment in the country monthly, alleging that some
vandals stole PHEDC equipment in Port Harcourt yesterday.
He explained that it is not practicable to power the five feeders in Eket simultaneously, saying the
feeders must always resort to load shedding to still stay afloat in business and to avoid system collapse.
Onyi urged electricity consumers to continue to cooperate with PHEDC in order to achieve the
objectives of the company.
On the issue of prepaid meters, Onyi said every household would be metered according to the Nigerian
Electricity Regulatory Commission, NERC, through Meter Aspect Providers, MAP.
The company, he said has received a directive by NERC on modalities to distribute prepaid meters to
every household in the country.

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