Oscarline Onwuemenyi 22 June 2016, Sweetcrude, Abuja – Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, says the Federal Government plans to pay off legacy electricity debts owed to the 11 electricity distribution companies, DISCOs, in the country by its ministries, departments and agencies, MDAs, before the end of the year.
The minister disclosed this at the public dialogue organised by the Kukah Centre in Abuja, noting that government must live by example if it expects its citizens to do the right thing.
“We are in the process of winding down MDAs debt, I have written to the debt management office and I got a response from them proposing options to wind down the debts and I think as government, we must live by example, If we ask people to pay for what they use, then we must pay as well and I am determined to ensure that we do that,” Fashola revealed.
He explained that the Ministry of Defence, through the minister, was also acting in concert, adding that, “It is something we hope that before the end of the year, we wind down.”
The 11 Discos through the Association of Nigerian Electricity Distributors, ANED, have said that government’s MDAs owed about N93 billion in unpaid electricity bills over the years.
A breakdown of the debt profile showed that the Nigerian Army is the largest debtor with about N38 billion as at April ending, followed by the Nigerian Airforce with N3.09 billion, Navy N3.3 billion, Police N4.66 billion, Customs 528.78 million and Prisons N895.6 million.