The Yola Electricity Distribution Company, YEDC, has said it is losing an average of N150 million monthly due to the Boko Haram insurgency in Adamawa, Yobe and Borno states.
The spokesperson of the company, Kingsley Nkemneme, who disclosed this in Yola, said the insurgency had severely affected the operations of his organization.
“The insurgency activities had affected the company’s source of revenue by 50 per cent,” he said. “We have 15 business units in Adamawa, Borno, Taraba and Yobe states, but as at now some of the units comprising Maiduguri, Yerwa, Bama, Mubi, Gombi and Michika are out with over 200,000 customers affected.”
Mr. Nkemneme noted that one of the major constraint the organization was facing was minimal energy supply from the national grid. He said with the insurgency, the company was supplied a paltry 34 megawatts against the 70 megawatts required for the zone, which led it to schedule the allocation of power to its teeming customers.
He noted that in its bid to improve its services, the company had commenced moves to enlighten customers on ways to avoid heavy billing by ensuring that customers did not waste energy unnecessarily.
In the meantime, the activities at the Adamawa State Government House, the Adamawa Specialists Hospital and the Adamawa State Secretariat Complex have been paralyzed due to a power cut by YEDC following the consistent failure of the state government to offset their bills.
Governor Bala Ngilari, in a press release by his Director of Public Affairs, P. P. Elisha, protested the YEDC’s decision.
“(The governor) is deeply concerned with the decision taken by YEDC to disconnect power supply to all the government organizations that render essential services in the state namely, Government Hospitals, Water Treatment plants and Government House Yola,” Mr. Elisha said.
He noted that prior to the inception of Mr. Ngilari’s administration, N6.5million was paid to YEDC monthly since 1999 but it was jerked up to N10m during his administration. However, despite the assurance the company still went ahead to disconnect power supply to many government organizations.
The governor, however, promised to redeem his pledge despite the power cut.
Mr. Elisha asked the YEDC, as a matter of urgency, to reconnect the power supply.