The Head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Winifred Oyo-Ita, has described as unacceptable the huge accumulation of electricity bills by ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) of government.
Mrs. Oyo-Ita therefore assured the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company’s management that she would get all the affected MDAs to promptly settle their bills for electricity consumed by them.
Mrs. Oyo-Ita promised to include the matter in her file as one of the issues her office would take to the Executive Council of the Federation meeting for discussion early January.
Receiving the AEDC management team led by its Managing Director/CEO, Neil Croucher, in her office, the Head of Service said she had already set the template on how to handle the issue with the example from her office.
The Head of Service said on assumption office about six weeks ago, the level of accumulated electricity bills found was unacceptable and embarrassing.
To settle the huge bills, Mrs. Oyo-Ita said she wrote to the Budget Office of the Federation and the Federal Ministry of Finance to instruct them to be deducting the monthly electricity bills of the Office of the Head of Service of the Federation upfront from its monthly allocation.
Mrs. Oyo-Ita said she mandated the Federal Ministry of Finance to ensure that the deductions were remitted to the AEDC.
“I will not like a situation where we would have frequent disconnections because of unpaid electricity bills in the office. Such a disconnection can disrupt our operations and I don’t want any such kind of incident,” she stressed.
To smoothen the process of payment by the MDAs, Mr. Oyo-Ita asked the AEDC management to liaise with Office of the Head of Service of the Federation to verify the outstanding payment due to the company.
Mr. Croucher assured the head of service of the AEDC’s commitment to excellent customer services.