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The management of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) has explained why the company didn’t insist on payment of electricity bills during theCOVID-19 lockdown period.
i According to a public announcement by the company, AEDC notified its customers that commencing from Tuesday 12th May, 2020, the company shall no longer be in a position to serve customers who are indebted to the electricity company.
The management noted: “You will recall that during the period of the COVID 19 total lockdown, we were at work doing everything to cushion the effect of the lockdown through the supply of electricity without insisting on payment as we recognised that there was a sharp drop in economic activities.
“This is in line with our culture of making the comfort of our customers our priority. Therefore, in these unprecedented times we all face as a result of the novel COVID-19 pandemic, we wish to express our solidarity with you our esteemed customers.
“However, with the gradual restoration of socio-ecobomic activities, we cannot sustain serving you unless payment is received for the service that had been rendered.
“Consequently, please take notice that commencing from Tuesday 12th May, 2020, we shall no longer be in a position to serve all those who are indebted to us. While this decision is very painful to us, we have found it unavoidable. The need to recover outstanding payments has become very urgent as other members of the value chain on whose behalf we also act require funds to be able to continue to remain in their core business of generating and tansmitting electricity.
“We trust that you will show the understanding that the period requires and help us to continue to serve you.
“Given the need to observe the physical/social distance and other safety precautions associated with the COVID 19 pandemic, we encourage you to use any of our online payment channels details of which can be obtained from our website – http://www.abujaelectricity.com”, the AEDC management said.