For failing to settle N74 million electricity bills owed Yola Electricity Distribution Company, YEDC, the company has disconnected the Government House, Jalingo and other government structures in Taraba State.
Before the disconnection, the electricity distribution company had written formally to the Ag Governor of the state, Alhaji Sani Abubakar Danladi, appealing settlement of the accumulated bills as disconnection would be the remaining alternative after three days from the receipt of the letter.
In the letter dated April 16, 2015 entitled, “Notice of withdrawal of electricity supply to Taraba state government for non settlement of debts for the months of January, February, March and April 2015 to the tune of N60, 356, 978. 41” signed by H. R. Hanawa, Area Head South 11, the company expressed worry that the state government did not pay for the service rendered to it.
The electricity bills had amounted to N74 million with the month of May as the state government did not settle it in April when it was about N60.3million.
Nigerian Pilot investigation showed that the Taraba State government, in a desperate desire to settle the accumulated bills, issued six cheques to the officials of the company covering about N40 million but it was confirmed that all the cheques bounced.
A top government functionary who spoke with Nigerian Pilot anonymously lamented that the bills would constitute additional burden to the incoming administration. He wondered why the state government had allowed the bills to accumulate, describing it as a deliberate mischief.
When Nigerian Pilot contacted the media aide to the Ag Governor, Sylvanus Giwa, the aide informed that he was not aware of the development, insisting that he was in his office enjoying all the facilities electricity provides.
But a trip to Government House indicated that the place was being run by generators even as a source from Government House confirmed that the electricity distribution company had disconnected the state’s seat of power.
The source also revealed that the issue of bouncing cheques did not only affect the electricity distribution company, pointing out that several other cheques issued by the state government had bounced, wondering what image the state government wants to paint for herself.

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