From Mohammed Muktar Umar, Bauchi
The Bauchi State government currently owes the Jos Electricity Distribution Company (JEDC) a whooping N2.3 billion as accumulated debts from 2013 to date as monthly bills of state owned organizations.
JEDC Regional Manager in Bauchi, Auwal Baba Jada made the revelation in an interview with newsmen in his office on Wednesday while reacting to outcry over lack of inadequate electricity supply in the state.
He said the state government does not pay more than 50 per cent of its bills as at when due.
According to him, despite the huge unpaid bills owed by both government and residents, the company supplies a minimum of six hours power in all parts of the state capital per day.
Jada advocated the purchase of either prepaid or post-paid meters by customers, saying they are more effective and efficient as people are only charged base on their consumption.
The JEDC manager further explained that prepaid meters are paid before the installation while in post-paid meters, people pay at the end of the month according to what they consume.
On the disparity in the distribution of the electricity among the different parts of the state, Jada said that some areas get less electricity because they have overloaded power transformers hence, the company switches them off for some hours of the day for the transformers ‘to rest’.
He also claimed that it is the duty of the Federal Government to provide the power transformers because they are expensive while JEDC provides only distribution transformers.
Earlier, some of the state residents interviewed by journalists lamented that the company has not improved its services since the privatization of the defunct NEPA.