PHCN denies collecting N17m from Sokoto Government

Governor Aliyu Wamakko

Sokoto residents are without electricity supply.

 

Nov. 5 (PREMIUM TIMES) -The Power Holding Company of Nigeria, PHCN, on Monday denied collecting N17 million from the Government of Sokoto State or its Governor, Aliyu Wamakko.

The Head of Public Affairs, Kaduna Electricity Distribution Company, Babalimmy Omar, said this in a statement on Monday.

The Sokoto State Governor had alleged that PHCN defrauded the state of N17 million naira meant for electricity supply; but the PHCN spokesperson denied this, saying the state government did not pay any money to the organisation.

He said PHCN had inaugurated a five man committee to find out if such payment was made.

“After a thorough check through all our records, we make bold to say that the company had not received any money for power project from Sokoto State Government in the sum of N17 million as being publicised in the media.

“The management solicits the support and cooperation of the customers and stakeholders to ensure quick resolution of the current situation and subsequent transformation of the industry,” he said.

Mr. Omar said the company is working out ways to restore power to the state.

The many tangled twists

Late October, Mr. Wamakko allegedly beat up Moses Osigwe, a PHCN business manager of the Gwiwa Business Unit, Sokoto state, over the lack of power supply to his hometown.

The governor also allegedly ordered the thrashing of two other staff of PHCN.

These acts infuriated PHCN leadership and staff and led them to ask that Mr. Wamakko tender an apology to the organization and the aggrieved staff. On Thursday, PHCN staff threatened to strike if the governor failed to apologise.

True to their threats, On Friday, November 2, staff of PHCN at Sokoto downed their tools and enforced a total black out in the state.

They told their clients to blame the governor for the blackout.

The Sokoto government in turn accused the PHCN of defrauding the state of N17 million. The governor said it would not apologise to PHCN and has already begun a legal proceeding against PHCN for swindling the state.

While both parties struggle, Sokoto residents are without power.

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