The Federal Government of Nigeria is talking tough and has told it's international electricity customers-Niger, Togo, and the Republic of Benin to pay up their outstanding $7million debt as soon as possible.
The chairman, West African Power Pool (WAAP), Mr Usman Gur Mohammed, (below) disclosed this in Abuja while pointing out that Nigeria was also strict with the international customers just as with Nigerians in debt recovery
Mohammed, who is also the Managing Director of the Transmission Company of Nigeria (TCN), recalled that on his assumption of office, the outstanding bills of the international customers were over $100million.
The WAAP chairman said that the Federal Government has now restricted its electricity supply to only contracted international customers and that they are subjected to be disconnected from the national grid if they don't settle their respective accounts.
His shared: “It is not because I am the chairman of the West African Power Pool (WAAP) that I will be allowing international customers to cheat Nigeria.
“When I took over as MD TCN, both Benin and Togo were owing Nigeria more than $100 million. The debt now remains $7million.
“Niger is owing less than $2million. In short, we are not leaving them. We (will) disconnect them as we disconnect customers here in Nigeria. Electricity is not (a) charity. We cannot just allow people to consume electricity and leave us like that.
“As at now, we have restricted their supply to only their contracted ones. We are insisting they pay all their outstanding before we reconnect them and we increase the off-take.”