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Niger to demand better electricity supply

From Rashidat AbdulRahman, Minna

Niger State House of Assembly adhoc committee interfacing with state government and Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC) over government inability to clear its legacy debt, has said that Niger citizens deserve better supply of electricity.

This was disclosed by the committee Chairman, Abdullahi Shaba Gbara, representing Mokwa State Constituency, after the committee held a meeting with state government officials and AEDC at the Assembly Complex, Minna on Tuesday.

On the legacy of debt, the chairman said the payment is ongoing and AEDC have been urged to reconnect those government facilities that were earlier disconnected.

Speaking to journalists after the interface, Secretary to the State Government, Ahmed Mantane said there are four items to be resolved by the state government in respect to the AEDC.

He noted that they include; the legacy debts which starts from 2015 to date, payment of current bills to avoid accumulation, if Niger citizens are happy with the level of electricity supply, and also to reconcile how much the state government has invested in AEDC, which he said is over 13 billion naira.

Meanwhile, Commissioner of Works, Mamman Musa, said he is confident that all the issues raised will be resolved, adding that the committee has mandated the AEDC to study the report summited by the committee.

The commissioner also said that the adhoc committee has set Monday next week to conclude on all the issues.

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