Oyo State Governor Abiola Ajimobi has told the Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) to disconnect any Ministry, Department and Agency (MDA) that fail to pay their electricity bills.
Ajimobi gave the charge on Monday in his office when he played host to the IBEDC management team led by the Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer, Mr. John Donnachie.
Charging the company to step up consumer enlightenment campaigns, the governor opined that most consumers show apathyo the payment of electricity bills because of unsatisfactory service delivery as well as high cost of alternative power.
He stressed that more consumers needed to be enlightened as a lot of them see electricity as free service from the government even after the transition from NEPA to PHCN.
He further enjoined the company to look into the option of generating power from other sources such as hydro, solar, wind etc instead of total dependence on gas.
Ajimobi, who highlighted the importance of a close collaboration between the company and the state government, noted that despite the huge population in the state, there abound more potentials for higher demand of electricity with the launch of the Free Trade Zone initiative of the state government, assuring that it would definitely increase electricity demand from the company.
During the visit, the IBEDC boss, Mr. Donnachie informed the governor of the company’s plans to enumerate the company’s assets including metres, poles, transformers and other property across the state.
He said the visit was also to seek the governor’s approval for the enumeration project that woukd cost N5billion.