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Govt seals EEDC offices in Enugu State

Enugu State Capital Territory Development Authority (ECTDA), on Tuesday sealed the corporate head office of the Enugu Electricity Distribution Company Plc and all other offices in the state.

This is coming barely four days after the electricity distribution firm announced it will disconnect government houses in the South East for owing N180 billion in electricity debts.

Enugu State government, according to the electricity distribution company in a statement issued on June 7, 2024 and signed by its Head, Corporate Communications Emeka Ezeh, is owing N1 billing in electricity debts.

Eze had in the notice stated that effective from June 10, 2024, the company would commence massive disconnection of electricity supply to the mentioned indebted customers and other customers with outstanding electricity bills indebtedness.

Although, the state government has not provided any reason as to why the sealing of the offices of the firm, it may be connected to the power disconnection notice issued to the states.

Reacting to the sealing of their offices, Ezeh described as strange and they were not informed of any offence.

He decried that the operations of the company has been disrupted by the sealing of their offices.

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Ezeh, who disclosed this a statement issued in reaction said, “On arriving for work this morning, we were surprised to meet our Corporate Head Office sealed by the Enugu Capital Territory Development Authority (ECTDA).

“This development is strange because there was no notice of any sort by the agency to our organisation.”

Ezeh explained that they were informed by the Security Men on duty that in the early hours of today (Tuesday), at about 1.53am, “a group of men came and locked up the gates, claiming that the State Governor directed the action.

“Our Abakpa, Awkunanaw, and Ogui District offices were not spared as their gates were equally sealed and locked.

“As at now, there has not been any clear information/ communication from ECTDA explaining their action.”

He added, “We, however, suspect that this action might not be unconnected to the notice of disconnection published by EEDC informing indebted customers of intention to commence disconnection today, Tuesday 11th June, 2024.

“Enugu State Government happens to be one of the indebted customers with over N1 billion owed to EEDC. It is important to state that majority of the state government’s facilities are metered (so, it is not a case of estimated billing).

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“EEDC has about N180 Billion as debt owed the company and has concluded plans to commence disconnection of indebted customers.”

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