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IBEDC refutes free electricity claim, urges customers to pay outstanding bills

By Temitope Akintoye,

The Ibadan Electricity Distribution Company (IBEDC) has refuted claims that that power was being supplied free of charge to households and urged its customers to make payment on outstanding bills.

It stated that allegations that subscribers would enjoy free electricity was false, asking that such claims be disregarded by the people and payment made for consumed power units.

The Chief Operating Officer (COO), IBEDC, John Ayodele, said that the company had incurred costs in the fulfillment of its promise of constant power supply to its customers during lockdown, and that the disco would not survive the shortage in revenue due to outstanding bills owed.

Ayodele, through a statement released on Friday, appealed with customers to make payments on consumed units and remit on outstanding bills so as to enable the company meet its financial obligations.

He hinted that the disco might cease power distribution if payments were not made, adding that the outstanding funds were necessary to aid continued operation of IBEDC.

He revealed that the distribution company had made available mobile payment channels aimed at ensuring that customers could remit funds without flouting state movement restriction directives, and in keeping with medically advised coronavirus preventive measures.

“We are imploring our customers to help us sustain this commitment by paying their bills and vending promptly, so we can fulfill our obligations to the electricity value chain as we will still pay for energy purchased… Customers can use the hassle-free alternate payments channels like Fetswallet, Quickteller, Jumia, VT Pass, Payarena,  ATM cards or USSD for their convenience.
“Our offices are also open Mondays to Fridays between 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sundays 11a.m. to 3p.m. for customers to pay, vend or pick up their bills, whilst obeying all COVID -19 safety protocols”.

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