Manager, Corporate Communications, PHED, John Onyi, said the electricity distribution company has disconnected the supply of electricity supply to Cross River State Water Board over the debt of N117m.
According to Onyi, the management of the PHED was surprised when it read a report that epileptic power supply had made the Cross River State Government groan under N150m monthly expenditure on diesel, adding that the report was a misrepresentation of facts.
According to him, the firm had ensured that power supply was sustained for the people of Akwa Ibom, Cross River, Bayelsa and Rivers states, the CSWB, which “has been a maximum demand customer and as such on premium service, has an outstanding debt of N177,730,978.52 as of date.
“During a routine check on the 13th of May 2020, the Water Board main station in Calabar was caught on meter bypass – a diversion of load from the meter, which is inimical to the survival of the electricity industry in Nigeria.
“Subsequently, a penalty fee for the loss of revenue was presented to the agency with a payment plan. For the umpteenth time, the Water Board reneged on the payment plan despite repeated calls and visitations, leading to its disconnection on August 21, 2020.”