BEDC Serves UNIBEN Disconnection Notice Over ₦‎264m Unpaid Bill

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Management of the Benin Electricity Distribution Company (BEDC) has served authorities of the University of Benin (UNIBEN) a disconnection notice over failure to clear its outstanding light bill.

 

A notice pasted on the walls of the University sighted by this online medium, dated 22nd May, 2024 and signed by one Engr Tobi, gave the University three days to clear the N264,490,313 million estimated bill for the month of April.

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The development comes barely one week after the University resorted to load shedding following the 340 per cent astronomical rise in its electricity bill as a result of the recent hike in tariff by the Nigerian government, particularly for Band A consumers, where UNIBEN is currently connected to.

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CAMPUS GIST reports that the University’s management had in a memo to its community, titled: ‘Update on Power Supply to University Community’, said it could no longer cope with the new tariff which resulted to a consumption of N280 million from N80 million for the month of April, 2024.

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UNIBEN had, however, revealed that it had entered into negotiation with BEDC over the development and expressed optimism that normalcy of power supply would be restored as soon as negotiations were concluded.

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“Management appreciates your usual support, understanding and regrets any inconveniences the increment may have caused you,” the statement read.

 

But sadly, amid the ongoing negotiations and load shedding, the Management of BEDC has issued the University Management a three-day ultimatum to pay up their bills or have their services (electricity) withdrawn from the University premises.

 

As at the time of filling this report, the University Management was yet to formally comment on the latest development. Efforts to get the reaction of Spokesperson for the Institution, Dr Benedicta Ehanire were unsuccessful.

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