Nigeria’s Federal, State Governments Owe Over N100 Billion Electricity Bills—Civil Society Group

The Socio-economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) says the federal and state governments in Nigeria have refused to pay up over N100 billion excellent electrical energy payments.

The failure of the federal government arms to pay the payments will not be unconnected with misappropriation of funds by Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs). 

Nigeria's Federal, State Governments Owe Over N100 Billion Electricity Bills—Civil Society Group 2

SERAP tweeted, “Nigeria’s federal and state governments fail to pay over N100 billion outstanding electricity bills.”

The group had earlier requested President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, and anti-corruption companies to analyze the spending of over ₦880 billion of public funds by 367 MDAs in 2018 with out appropriation.

The group additionally famous in its letter to Buhari that the prosecution of such individuals will help within the combat towards corruption and ship a strong message to different public workplace holders to desist from perpetrating such practices. 

It referred to as on the President to direct Zainab Ahmed, Minister of Finance, Budget, and National Planning to make out there, the small print of MDAs and public officers concerned within the unconstitutional spending of public funds.

SERAP additionally requested that the President ask the heads of the MDAs concerned to elucidate why they spent public funds with out appropriation, citing part 80 (2) of the Nigerian Constitution and Articles 5 and 9 of the United Nations Convention towards Corruption.

The physique acknowledged that it expects that the advice is adhered to inside 14 days of the receipt of the letter, because it warned that failure to do that will trigger the physique to take authorized actions towards the federal government.

In a report by Guardian, the failure of the governments to pay over N100 billion excellent electrical energy payments has worsened the liquidity disaster within the nation’s electrical energy sector.

The scenario has reportedly led to distribution firms hounding personal electrical energy customers who pay extra by means of estimated payments and better tariffs, quite than get better excellent money owed from authorities companies.

   

The growth, which many stakeholders described as direct sabotage and failure to respect extant laws, significantly, the Electric Power Sector Reform Act (EPSRA), has pushed indebtedness of the utility firms to over N500 billion.

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