NSHA issues14-day ultimatum to AEDC over poor power supply in Nasarawa

The Nasarawa State House of Assembly, NSHA on Tuesday issued a 14-day ultimatum to the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, AEDC, to restore power supply to communities within the state.

The House in its resolution said the 14-day ultimatum is to ensure that residents enjoy a steady power supply and promote business activities in the state.

The speaker who was unhappy with the lack of power supply in the state with consumers paying higher electricity bills warned that failure to restore power will force the House to take drastic measures.

”Failure to do so will leave us with no option than to ask them to quit and we will invite competent hands that will give the people of the state normal light.”

This resolution was passed after Yakubu Suleiman Umar, the General Manager, Nasarawa Electricity Power Agency, NAePA, and Adeyemi Jonathan Kehinde, Chief Business Officer of the company, appeared before the House during a plenary presided by Speaker, Jatau.

Recall that the House had extended an invitation to the heads of AEDC and NAePA for an appearance over power blackout and outrageous bills in the state.

“The Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria has empowered us to invite anybody on public issues for questioning, that is why we have invited you.

“There is a power blackout and outrageous bills across the state by AEDC as our people are in pain and suffering, we cannot take it,” the speaker said.

“Your company is giving our people poor services. Our people have been sleeping in darkness.

“Our people are in pain because they are paying for light without enjoying the light,” Jatau said.

While responding to questions from House Members, Adeyemi Jonathan Kehinde, the AEDC Chief Business Officer in charge of Kogi, Niger and Nasarawa admitted that the company was not 100 per cent in replacing damaged transformers, cables among others to communities across the state.

Mr Kehinde noted that out of the 28,000 customers in the State, only 8,000 have been metered and pleaded for little time to change things for the better especially, that he is a new man in the state.

He said, “I want to assure you that we are ready to do our best to improve in power supply across the state.”

Yakubu Suleiman Umar, the General Manager, Nasarawa Electricity Power Agency (NAePA) on his part stated that the agency was established to ensure effective power supply to communities across the state, noting that they are doing their best to deliver on their mandate.

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