Tinubu directs immediate payment of State House electricity bill

President Bola Tinubu
President Bola Tinubu

By DAVID IORJA, Abuja –

President Bola Tinubu has directed the immediate payment of outstanding State House electricity bill, due to the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC).

President Tinubu’s directive is contained in a statement by Mr Bayo Onanuga, Special Adviser to the President on Information and Strategy, on Tuesday in Abuja.

He said the President’s directive followed the reconciliation of accounts between the State House Management and AEDC.

Onanuga said that contrary to the AEDC’s initial claim of N923 million debt in a paid advertorial in newspapers, the State House outstanding bill is N342,352,217.46.

The presidential aide added that the clarification is contained in a letter by the management of AEDC to the State House Permanent Secretary, dated Feb. 14.

”Having reconciled the position to the satisfaction of both parties, the Chief of Staff to the President, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, has given assurance that the debt will be paid to AEDC before the end of this week.

”Following the example of the Presidency, chief of staff also urged other Ministries Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to reconcile their accounts with AEDC and pay their electricity bills,” he said.

The AEDC had advertised the names of its debtors, which included the State House, MDAs, State Governments and local councils within its franchise areas.

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